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NOAA Retires Storm Name Sandy, Replaces With Sara

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (CBSMiami) – There will never be another Sandy.

The storm has been retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names. The World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee based the decision on the extreme impacts the storm caused from Jamaica and Cuba to the Mid-Atlantic United States in October 2012.

Storm names are re-used every six years for both the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins. If a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing, the WMO hurricane committee, which includes personnel from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, may retire the name.

Sandy is the 77th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954. The name will be replaced with "Sara" beginning in 2018.

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