BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Category 5 hurricane bearing down on the Caribbean and Florida would have been called Irene just a few short years ago.
Irma is the replacement name for Irene, which was officially retired in 2012 after the devastation the storm caused in Vermont and the region.
There is a strict procedure established by the World Meteorological Organization for the naming of storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For Atlantic hurricanes, there is a list of alternating male and female names which are used on a six-year rotation. In the event that more than 21 storms occur in a season, they switch to the Greek alphabet.
Irma is currently on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.