Two of the most powerful storms of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricanes Matthew and Otto, have officially have their names retired due to the death and destruction that the storms caused.
The World Meteorological Organization(WMO) announced that Matthew and Otto will be retired from the 2016 list of storm names, which will again appear in 2022. There are six lists of names that the National Hurricane Center uses, so each list is repeated every seventh year.
Hurricane Matthew was a powerful early October hurricane that devastated parts of Haiti, Cuba, and the southeastern United States. North and South Carolina were especially hard hit from the flooding rains that Matthew brought.
Otto was a strong November hurricane that hit parts of Central America.
The World Meteorological Organization chose the name Martin to replace Matthew, and Owen to replace Otto. The new names will appear in the 2022 list of names for Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes.
The WMO chooses names of English, Spanish, or French origin, as those are the primary languages spoken across the Atlantic basin where hurricanes typically strike.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.