It could be the next hurricane to join 2022’s Ian and 2017’s Irma in the “terrible I’s.” Since 1954, more hurricane names starting with the letter I have been retired due to their widespread destruction than any other letter of the alphabet.
Hurricane name lists are repeated every six years, but the World Metrological Organization retires a name if “a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
Here are all 14 hurricanes starting with the letter I that have been retired:
- The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Cayo Costa, Fla. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
- According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, Ian was the third most costly U.S. hurricane, causing $115.2 billion in damages.
- The death toll from Hurricane Ian totaled at 144 as of the end of 2022.
- One of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S., Hurricane Ian knocked out power for 2.6 million residents in Florida.
- The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Lousiana Sunday Aug. 29, 2021.
- Hurricane Ida killed more than 60 people.
- NOAA estimated Ida inflicted just under $65 billion in damage.
- Ida occurred on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
- The Category 4 Hurricane had only just cooled off from a Category 5 hurricane when it made landfall in Nicaragua on Nov. 17, 2020.
- Damage estimates are $1.4 billion, according to NOAA.
- NOAA also estimated 67 deaths from the hurricane.
- Iota was the strongest hurricane ever recorded so late in the year.
- The Category 4 hurricane hit the Florida Keys Sunday, Sept. 10. 2017 before making landfall again near Naples.
- 129 deaths were attributed to the storm.
- Irma caused more than $53 billion in damages.
- The storm made seven landfalls, four of which as a Category 5 storm before downgrading to a Category 4 ahead of reaching the U.S., according to the NOAA.
- Hurricane Ingrid made landfall as a Category 1 storm in northeastern Mexico on Sept. 16, 2013.
- Insured property damage from Ingrid was estimated to be $230 million, according to NOAA.
- 32 deaths were reported as a result of Ingrid, many from heavy rains and mudslides.
- The same day, Tropical Storm Manuel hit Mexico’s Pacific coast.
- Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on August 27, 2011, according to NOAA.
- The next day, it made landfall again near New York City, sending rare tropical storm conditions through the Northeast and New England.
- 44 people died in Hurricane Irene.
- It caused an estimated $6.5 billion in damages.
- Hurricane Igor blew by Bermuda as a Category 1 hurricane before hitting Newfoundland on September 21, 2010.
- A National Hurricane Center report said a few people died from being swept away by strong waters.
- Early estimates put the damage in Newfoundland at $200 million. Bermuda reported less than $500,000 in damages.
- Igor was the most damaging hurricane to hit Newfoundland in 75 years.
- After hitting several islands on the way from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas as a Category 2 hurricane on Sept. 13, 2008, according to the National Weather Service.
- Ike was directly responsible for 103 deaths across the U.S., Cuba, and Hispaniola.
- Total damage estimates in the U.S. were $29.52 billion.
- Cuba estimated an additional $3-$4 billion in damages.
- The Category 3 hurricane made landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala. on Sept. 16, 2004, according to the National Weather Service.
- Eight deaths were reported in the Florida Panhandle.
- Damage was estimated near $14 billion.
- At the time, it was considered the strongest, most destructive storm since 1926.
- Hurricane Isabel was a Category 5 hurricane before downgrading to Category 2 ahead of its landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 18, 2003, according to a National Weather Service report.
- The storm was responsible for 17 deaths.
- Isabel caused $1.7 billion in damages.
- At the time, it was the most significant hurricane to affect North Carolina and Virginia in nearly 50 years.
- Hurricane Isadore had weakened to a tropical storm by time it made landfall in Louisiana on Sept. 26, 2002, according to the National Weather Service.
- 7 deaths occurred as a result of Isadore, direct and indirect.
- Damage in the U.S. totaled $330 million.
- Hurricane Inez developed in the Atlantic moving towards the Gulf of Mexico between Sept. 21 – Oct. 11, 1966, archival records show. It hit Cuba, spun off a tornado in the Bahamas, and traveled directly over the Florida Keys.
- Estimated death totals were approximately 1,000.
- Hurricane Ione made landfall in North Carolina as a “minimal hurricane” on September 19, 1955, according to the National Weather Service.
- The storm caused $600 million in damage.
- Ione killed seven people in North Carolina.
- It was the fourth hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina within a year.
Hurricane Idalia tracker
Contributing: Jennifer Borresen, Carlie Procell, Doyle Rice, Dinah Voyles Pulver, Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY.