Three tropical storm names have been retired. You will never again face a Joaquin or an Erika.
The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that it will retire three names. Two of them are Atlantic storm names, and the third is Patricia, a eastern North Pacific storm name.
Joaquin and Erika will instead be replaced with Elsa and Julian.
Storm names are reused every six years. But some names are retired when a storm is so deadly or costly that its future use would be insensitive.