CARIBBEAN360 – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced it will no longer use the names Erika and Joaquin for future tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic.
It will replace Erika with “Elsa” and Joaquin with “Julian” when the 2015 lists are reused in 2021.
Erika was a tropical storm whose torrential rains inflicted significant casualties and damage on the Caribbean island of Dominica. More than a foot of rain fell there and the storm was directly responsible for 30 deaths.
In Haiti, one person died due to a mud slide after Erika had dissipated as a tropical cyclone.
Joaquin was a Category 4 hurricane, whose strong winds and storm surge devastated Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador in the central and southeastern Bahamas in October 2015.