The names of four deadly storms, Dorian, Laura, Eta and Iota, have been dropped from future use

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The names of four deadly tropical storms have been dropped from future use due to the unprecedented death and destruction they caused.

The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee (WMO), retired 2019’s Dorian and 2020’s Laura, Eta and Iota from its six-yearly rotating lists of 21 names for Atlantic tropical cyclones, following a virtual meeting this week.

All three tropical storms caused untold damage, hundreds of fatalities and more than $30bn of damage in total.

The news, which also includes dropping the future use of “confusing” Greek alphabet names, comes as the Carribean and US brace themselves for the official start of hurricane season on June 1.

Ken Graham, chair of the Hurricane Committee, said that naming storms is the organisation’s smallest job, but often receives the most attention, with 93 names retired since the tradition began in 1953.

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