'Isis' among names removed from UN list of hurricane names

Names considered inappropriate knocked off official list of hurricane names on rotation every six years.

By REUTERS
April 18, 2015 09:38
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Hurricane (illustrative).. (photo credit: MIKE TRENCHARD/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

 
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GENEVA - 'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group, the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.

As the name of an ancient goddess of Egypt, Isis had been on the WMO list of names for hurricanes in the eastern North Pacific in 2016, WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis said.

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But ISIS is also used to describe the Islamic State militant group, whose forces have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and which stands accused by UN war crimes investigators of committing brutal atrocities against civilians.

The proposal by the WMO regional center was endorsed by the WMO Hurricane Committee, composed of experts from 27 member states and territories meeting in Costa Rica this week, Nullis said. "The Hurricane Committee removed the name "Isis" from the rotating list, and agreed to replace it with "Ivette.""

"Names are knocked off the list, which rotates every six years, if they are considered inappropriate if they caused too much damage and too much death," Nullis said.

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