February 27, 2023 11:15
Hinnamnor will not be used as a name for a typhoon again after it took many lives and caused massive damage to southeastern South Korea last autumn.
Mindful of the anguish suffered by the survivors, the Korea Meteorological Administration has asked the World Meteorological Organization to stop using the name in rotation if it ever comes up again. The KMA previously asked the WMO to stop using the Lusa (2002) and Maemi (2003) for similar reasons.
The KMA on Sunday said a WMO cyclone committee will make a decision on March 7. The committee of representatives from 14 countries decides the naming of new typhoons based on 140 names recommended by member nations. Every year sees around 20 to 30 typhoons, so the names are reused every five or six years. But the WMO strikes certain names if a typhoon has been particularly devastating.
Hinnamnor hit Korea on Aug. 28 and swelled to 915 hPa after slamming into Jeju Island and southern South Korea, killing at least 11 people and causing W244 billion worth of damage (US$1=W1,305).
Lusa and Maemi were previously replaced with Nuri and Mujigae at the urging of Malaysia and North Korea, and a name to replace Hinnamnor will be submitted by Laos next year.
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