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Irma replaces Irene in the hurricane lexicon

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Published: Sep. 6, 2017 at 9:40 AM EDT
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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.

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