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Sandy Retired From Tropical Storm Name List

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This NOAA satellite image taken on Oct. 29, 2012, shows Hurricane Sandy as it is centered off of Maryland and Virginia. This NOAA satellite image taken on Oct. 29, 2012, shows Hurricane Sandy as it is centered off of Maryland and Virginia.

MIAMI (WBOC/AP)- Sandy is being retired from the list of tropical storm names because of the catastrophic damage its massive size and strength caused along the East Coast last year.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the name Sara will take its place. Sandy was retired Thursday from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee.

Storm names are reused every six years unless they are retired because of extreme damage or a considerable number of casualties.

Sandy is the 77th storm name taken off the Atlantic list since 1954. The National Hurricane Center has attributed 72 deaths from Maryland to New Hampshire directly to Sandy, though some estimates were higher. It wiped out entire neighborhoods and was one of the country's costliest natural disasters, with preliminary damage estimates at nearly $50 billion.

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