Meet this year’s storms


THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has released the alphabetical list of names of tropical storm for 2014, some of them a repeat of 2010.

They are: Agaton, Basyang, Caloy, Domeng, Ester, Florita, Glenda, Henry, Inday, Juan, Katring, Luis, Mario; Neneng, Ompong, Paeng, Queenie, Ruby, Seniang, Tomas, Usman, Venus; Waldo; Yayang and Zeny.

Pagasa uses a four-year rotation which uses a list of 25 names every four years beginning 2001 when the bureau used nicknames for typhoons instead of the clichéd women nicknames ending in “ing.”

The list includes 10 in an auxiliary list, should the storms entering the country exceed the 25 listed names.

The list of auxiliary names includes: Agila, Bagwis, Chito, Diego, Elena, Felino, Gunding, Harriet, Indang, and Jessa.

As of Saturday, the weather bureau said it has yet to replace the name “Yolanda,” which killed more than 6,100 in 2013 in addition to damage to homes and infrastructure worth over P2 billion.

The list that includes “Yolanda” will next be used in 2017, the bureau said.

The weather bureau usually “retires” certain names, specially if they are associated with typhoons that killed over 300 people and destroyed over P1 billion worth of property.

Outside of Yolanda, the other storm names that were retired are “Milenyo” and “Ondoy.”


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