PAGASA retires "Yolanda" from list of typhoon names to be used in the future

Find out when a storm name gets stricken off the roster.

The Philippine News Agency (via reports that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has dropped "Yolanda" from the list of names for Philippine tropical cyclones. The report explained that a storm name is retired when it causes the death of 300 people or P1 billion worth of damages in crops and infrastructure.

According to the report, "Yolanda" is the second name in 2013 to be decommissioned by PAGASA, after typhoon "Labuyo" which made landfall in August. State meteorolgist Jori Loiz said the names of cyclones used for this year will be used again in 2017, except for the "Labuyo" and "Yolanda." The names, he said, were chosen as far back as 1999 in a contest held by the weather agency.


Loiz said PAGASA already compiled a list of 140 names for cyclones entering the country’s area of responsibility, with the names "grouped into four sets of 25 regular names and 10 auxiliary names." Each set is used once every four years.



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