There will never again be a tropical storm or hurricane named Sandy.
The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee, responsible for naming tropical cyclones around the world, has retired Sandy from its list of names.
According to the WMO, Sandy was retired due to the extreme nature of the storm as it hit the coast last October. Sandy killed 72 people and it is the second costliest hurricane ever to strike the country, causing more than $70 billion in damage. The group also noted the damage the storm caused in Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti — where Sandy killed another 54 people.
The WMO has six rotating lists of names it uses to identify tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. When a storm does an extreme amount of damage, the group will choose to retire the name and replace it. Since the naming system began in 1952, 79 names have been retired, including Andrew, Katrina, Gloria and Irene — the latter two of which struck New York in September 1985 and August 2011 respectively.
Sandy will be replaced with Sara when the 2012 list is used again in 2018.