Goodbye Gustav, Ike and Paloma. We hardly knew ye.
Actually we knew a little too much of these hurricanes, which is why the three names have been retired by the World Meteorological Organization today.
You have to be a bad mamma jamma to get retired as a hurricane and those three names were among the worst on record. Each was reached Category 4 status and left death and destruction in its wake.
Ike killed more than 80 people as it cut a path through the Caribbean before hitting Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas in August and September. The damage tab in the U.S. was more than $19 billion.
Paloma got a little less fan fare than the two that came before it, but the November storm still caused $300 million in damage to Cuba.
Gustav, Ike and Paloma can pull a Brett Favre and return from retirement in 2014 based on a six-year rotation of storm names.
They are replaced by Gonzalez, Isaias and Paulette.
We hope we don’t get to know them any time soon.