A tropical disturbance is named when it reaches moderate tropical storm strength. If a tropical disturbance reaches moderate tropical storm status west of 55°E, then the Sub-regional Tropical Cyclone Advisory Centre in Madagascar assigns the appropriate name to the storm. If a tropical disturbance reaches moderate tropical storm status between 55°E and 90°E, then the Sub-regional Tropical Cyclone Advisory Centre in Mauritius assigns the appropriate name to the storm. A new annual list is used every year so no names are retired.
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... See also List of retired Atlantic hurricane names The World Meteorological Organization retired three names in the spring of 2002 Allison, Iris, and Michelle ... Allison became the first Atlantic tropical storm to have its name retired ...
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