Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate being retired

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The meteorological organisation retired the four names from its rotating list used for hurricanes and tropical storms in light of the death and destruction the storms caused previous year.

Due to the extensive damage caused in the United States and Caribbean past year, the World Meteorological Organization's Region IV Hurricane Committee has officially retired these names. However, if a storm gains notoriety because of its strength, number of deaths or damage, the WMO may retire that name from future use.

Since 1979, the WMO has been using a six-year name rotation.

To replace the four names, Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel will be included in the 2023 list of storm names.

Here's a summary of the newly retired storms. Harvey is the second-costliest hurricane in USA history behind only Katrina in 2005.

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

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Since 1953, 86 hurricanes and tropical storms have caused enough devastation to be removed from the Atlantic lists.

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. Seven months later many on the island are still without power.

Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on September 5. Irma caused 44 direct deaths as a result of its strong winds, heavy rain and high surf. In the US, seven deaths as a result of were reported, and 85 indirect deaths as a result of debris. Hundreds more were injured preparing for the storm, during it or in its aftermath. Irma contributed to 129 deaths, while Maria killed 31 people in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico. It also inflicted serious damage on some of the other islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will join the list of exceptional hurricane names. The storm was blamed for at least 100 direct deaths between Dominica and Puerto Rico, but the number of indirect deaths due to the massive disruption is still unknown.

Hurricane Nate hit Central America and the Gulf Coast of the USA, eventually becoming a Category 1 hurricane. Nate, meanwhile, was responsible for 45 deaths after crossing Central America.

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