There's never going to be a Hurricane Isis

Saturday 18 April 2015 10:10

The United Nations' weather agency has taken "Isis" off a list of future Pacific hurricane names, deeming it inappropriate given that the extremist Islamic State group has used it as an acronym.

World Meteorological Organisation spokeswoman Clare Nullis, in Geneva, said yesterday the agency's regional hurricane committee had decided to replace the name with "Ivette".

"Isis" could have been assigned to an eastern North Pacific storm that could develop in 2016.

Other names retired by the WMO include those associated with devastating storms, meaning there will also never be another Hurricane Katrina, for example.

Main picture shows 2014's Hurricane Gonzalo

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