We can now say "Goodnight Irene" for good! The National Hurricane Center has retired the name "Irene" from the list of names given to tropical storms/hurricanes for the Atlantic basin.
Names are given to tropical cyclones reaching the strength of tropical storm or higher (winds in excess of 39 mph). Storm names are reused every six years for both the Atlantic Basin and eastern North Pacific Basin, unless retired for causing a considerable amount of casualties or damage. Irene is the 76th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954.
"Irene" will be replaced by "Irma" in the year 2017.
Click here for the list of names in the seasons ahead.
Click here for the list of retired names in the past. '
Click here for more on the procedure of naming tropical systems.