The World Meteorological Organization on Monday retired Matthew and Otto as Atlantic storm names.
Both storms ravaged the Caribbean last year, and Matthew did billions of dollars of damage in North Carolina during the first week of October. Matthew and Otto will be replaced by Martin and Owen when the 2016 name list is used again in 2022.
Matthew and Otto are the 81st and 82nd names to be removed from the Atlantic list. Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a news release.
Matthew became a Ccategory 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale on the night of Sept. 30 over the central Caribbean Sea at the lowest latitude ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. It made landfall along the coast of southwestern Haiti, extreme eastern Cuba, western Grand Bahama Island and central South Carolina.
NOAA’s GOES-East satellite on Oct. 2 at 4:45 a.m. EDT showing Hurricane Matthew over the south-central Caribbean Sea as a Category 4 hurricane.