Igor, Tomas dropped from hurricane name list

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A home in Jacques Fontaine is surrounded by flooding caused by Hurricane Igor. — file photo

Two hurricane names — including Igor, the name of the storm that pounded Newfoundland last fall causing one fatality and widespread damage — have been dropped by the World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee.

The committee issues the list of potential names for tropical storms to be used every six years in the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basin.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today that the names Igor and Tomas — another 2010 hurricane that resulted in dozens of deaths in the Caribbean — were being retired because of the deaths and damage they caused.

In their places will be Ian and Tobias.

Igor made landfall on Sept. 21 near Cape Race as the worst local hurricane in 75 years — with damages of almost $200 million US.

In October, Tomas caused around $500 million US in damages and claimed more than 40 lives.

Meanwhile, today, the federal government announced $19 million in funding for repairs to small-craft harbours in Newfoundland damaged by Igor.

Organizations: World Meteorological Organization, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Atlantic, North Pacific Caribbean Cape Race US

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