2016 was the last year that we’ll see a Hurricane Matthew.
name Matthew, along with the name Otto, has been retired by the World
Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, of which
NOAA's National Hurricane Center is a member.
The two names will be replaced in 2022 by the names Martin and Owen, when the 2016 list will be recycled and used once again.
and Otto are the 81st and 82nd names to be removed from the Atlantic
Storm Name list. Hurricane names are retired if they were so deadly or
destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive.
is being retired because of its devastation in the Caribbean. After
becoming a category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale on the night of
Sept. 30, Matthew made landfall along the coast of southwestern Haiti,
extreme eastern Cuba, western Grand Bahama Island, and central South
Carolina. Matthew was responsible for 585 direct deaths, with more than
500 deaths occurring in Haiti, making it the deadliest hurricane in the
Atlantic since Hurricane Stan in 2005.
tail end of Matthew also wreaked havoc on Hatteras Island, and
specifically Hatteras village where it caused the most extreme and
damaging soundside flooding that residents had seen in decades.
locals are certainly familiar with the name Matthew, and are likely
glad that they won’t have to hear it again anytime soon, the name Otto
may not immediately ring a bell.
was a late-season tropical cyclone, which cut a swath through the
southwestern Caribbean Sea beginning on Nov. 20. It intensified rapidly
to a category 3 hurricane before making landfall in southern Nicaragua,
and from there, it crossed the Atlantic to the eastern Pacific Ocean,
which is extremely rare for a tropical cyclone. Consequently, Otto
affected large portions of southern Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica
before emerging over the far eastern North Pacific as a tropical storm.
Heavy rainfall and flooding from the hurricane caused 18 fatalities in
isn’t the first time a hurricane that has affected Hatteras and
Ocracoke Islands directly has been retired. 2003’s Isabel and 2011’s
Irene were both retired after they swept through the Outer Banks, as
was 2012’s Sandy which caused flooding across the islands before
inflicting massive damage in the northern region of the Eastern
1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by
the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated
through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World
Meteorological Organization. Originally, hurricanes were named solely
after women, but this practice ended for the Atlantic and Gulf of
Mexico coasts in 1979, when men’s names were alternately added to the
2017’s List of named storms is as follows: