The World Meteorological Organization has removed the name Isis from the list of potential hurricane names, and Odile has been retired after a hurricane with the name ravaged the Baja Peninsula in 2014.
Reuters reports that the WMO considered Isis an inappropriate name because of the militant group also known as the Islamic State:
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.
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 U.N. 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”.”
The hurricane committee also chose to grant Mexico’s request to retire Odile from the list, replacing it will Odalys, which will come up in 2020’s list of names.
In 2014, Hurricane Odile killed 11 people in Mexico as it made landfall in the Baja Peninsula. Odile was one of the most powerful storms to make landfall on the Baja in the modern hurricane record, and caused over $1.2 billion in damage.
The global list of names for tropical cyclones is on a six-year rotation. If a particular hurricane or typhoon causes catastrophic damage and loss of life, the impacted country can petition the WMO to have the name retired so that it will not be used again. The name is then replaced with a new name with the same first letter, chosen by the WMO.