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Weather agency: 'Sandy' won't strike again

Long Islanders affected by superstorm Sandy may take some small comfort in knowing it was the last -- that is, no more tropical storms will bear that name.

As a result of the storm's severe effects, "Sandy" has been retired from the list of names that are reused every six years for Atlantic Basin tropical cyclones, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a news release Thursday.

"If a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing," the World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee may opt to remove it from the list, NOAA said.

In its place will debut the name "Sara," starting in 2018.

Sandy joins 76 other names retired since 1954, including 2011's Irene, 2005's Katrina, 2004's Ivan, 1992's Andrew and 1985's Gloria.

When Sandy hit Long Island on Oct. 29, it was deemed a "post-tropical cyclone" with hurricane-force winds; it knocked out power to millions of people and produced floods that damaged 100,000 structures. The National Hurricane Center has attributed 72 deaths from Maryland to New Hampshire directly to Sandy. The storm caused an estimated $50 billion in damage.

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