Committee Retires Four 2017 Hurricane Names

Irma among 2017's retired storm names

Four of last season's hurricanes were deemed so destructive and deadly that the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization has made a decision to retire their names.

The names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will never again be used for Atlantic hurricanes because of the devastation those storms caused in the 2017 season.

The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity.

NOAA officials say 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list over the past six decades.

Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel will replace those four on the list. "The four new names will be used in the 2023 season". "Damage costs exceeded 250 billion dollars in the United States alone, whilst recovery for the worst hit Caribbean islands such as Dominica may take years".

Below you'll find a recap from the National Hurricane Center of the four retired storms from 2017.

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The flooding from Hurricane Harvey was nothing short of catastrophic in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana because the large storm stalled for days in late August. Harvey is the second-costliest hurricane in USA history behind only Katrina in 2005.

"Since that fateful year, 88 names have been retired, and those beginning with "I" made up a disproportional number of them (11 of the 88)", the newspaper writes. Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida.

Irma lashed the Caribbean and the US, making seven separate landfalls as it tore across the islands and the Southeast US.

Hurricane Maria came next, slamming into the island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 19, then wrecking havoc on Puerto Rico.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will join the list of exceptional hurricane names. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, which includes an unknown number of indirect deaths.

Hurricane Nate was a tropical storm that strengthened to category 1 hurricane status. The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names for one season, with five.

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