Meteorologists removed the names Dorian and Laura from the list of cyclone names

Atlantic tropical cyclones will no longer be named Dorian, Laura, Eta and Iota because hurricanes with those names have caused severe destruction and death, according to the website of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Wednesday, March 17.

It also decided not to use the Greek alphabet for cyclone names because it “diverts attention” from danger reports.

“The WMO Hurricane Committee has removed the names “Dorian” (2019), “Laura,” “Eta” and “Iota” (2020) from the alternating lists of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the deaths and devastation they have caused,” it said.

Last year, the Atlantic cyclone season was so active that the list of names, which includes 21 names, was exhausted, so the Greek alphabet had to be used. This happened for the second time in WMO history after 2005.

In December, the WMO named 2020 as one of the warmest years in the history of meteorological observations.

According to the organization, the average global temperature from January to October 2020 was about 1.2 degrees higher than the average temperature between 1850 and 1900