Nfld. & Labrador

Igor retired from hurricane list

Igor, the hurricane that lashed across eastern Newfoundland last September, will never have a namesake.
Hurricane Igor washed out numerous roads and bridges, including this one on Random Island. (CBC )

Igor, the hurricane that lashed across eastern Newfoundland last September, will never have a namesake.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Igor has been retired as a name for future hurricanes or tropical storms.

The World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee also removed Tomas from the rotation of official names used to identify powerful storms. Tomas hit the Caribbean late last fall.

Igor was a Category 1 hurricane by the time it passed Newfoundland on Sept. 21, ripping apart roads, washing out bridges, destroying homes and businesses, and causing damages that the NOAA estimated at $200 million US.

Igor had struck Bermuda two days earlier. Altogether, three deaths have been attributed to Igor. They include a Random Island man who was washed to sea after his footing gave way while he was checking on a neighbour's property.

Meanwhile, the federal government announced Thursday that it will spend $19 million to clean up and repair harbours damaged during the hurricane.

Senator Fabian Manning made the announcement in Petty Harbour, one of the more than 40 harbours that will receive funds through the program.