It was anticipated. Yesterday it happened. “Ian” is retired as a hurricane name by the World Meteorological Organization. Every year the group reviews named storms and those that were particularly deadly and destructive get permanently removed from the list. Names rotate and can repeat in six years. Can you imagine looking up on the television screen and seeing another Hurricane Ian heading our way? No one wants to see or experience that again.

Hurricane Ian

What is left in parts of Fort Myers Beach following the deadly and destructive Hurricane Ian.

I​an not only decimated parts of Southwest Florida’s coastline. It also produced record flooding inland. The storm’s ferocity continued up the coast from Florida to the Carolinas, leaving a path of destruction. The nearly category five storm caused more than $112 billion in damages and over 150 deaths, although that number is speculated to be severely under reported.

Florida storms names that are retired

Ian joins the retired names list in Florida that also includes:

  • Irma
  • Charley
  • Andrew
  • Donna

96 hurricane names have been retired. Thirteen of those names start with the letter “I.” That’s far more than any other letter in the alphabet. Next most retired names begin with the letters “C” and “F.” There are nine of each letter that are no longer in circulation.

Pictures Of Fort Myers Beach In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Ian

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