Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma, all from the historic 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, were retired by an international hurricane committee of the World Meteorological Organization, which includes the NOAA National Hurricane Center, during their annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now retired, these five storms, part of last season’s record-setting 27 named storms and 15 hurricanes, will not reappear on the list of potential storm names that is otherwise recycled every six years.

Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma represent the type of devastating storm that is “retired” for causing a large loss of life and property. These names will not be used again for sensitivity reasons and to establish distinction within the scientific and legal communities.

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