, Salem, MA

April 12, 2013

Sandy now a retired storm name

The Salem News

---- — MIAMI (AP) — Sandy is being retired from the list of tropical storm names because of the catastrophic damage its massive size and strength caused along the East Coast last year.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the name Sara will take its place. Sandy was retired yesterday from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee.

Sandy is the 77th name taken off the list since 1954.

The National Hurricane Center has attributed 72 deaths from Maryland to New Hampshire directly to Sandy, though some estimates were higher. It wiped out entire neighborhoods and was one of the country’s costliest natural disasters.