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 in Dominica. The storm was directly responsible for 30 deaths.
Joaquin was a Category 4 hurricane which devastated the central and southeastern Bahamas in October 2015.
Joaquin took the lives of 34 people—all at sea—including the 33 crewmembers of the cargo ship El Faro, which sank during the storm northeast of Crooked Island.