The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday the names of four hurricanes that caused significant damage and killed dozens previous year will be retired.
The World Meteorological Organization on Thursday removed the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from the list of future hurricane names due to the "extensive damage" those storms caused in the United States and Caribbean past year. The organization says it retires names for hurricanes when "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". The WMO has a rotating list of names for each Tropical Cyclone basin, such as the Atlantic or Eastern North Pacific.
Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel will replace those four on the list.
Damages from the 2017 hurricane season exceeded $250 billion in the United States alone while several hundred people died throughout the world from hurricanes in 2017, according to WMO.
Seventeen tropical storms formed in 2017, with 10 becoming hurricanes, six of which reached major hurricane strength (Harvey, Irma, Jose, Lee, Maria, Ophelia).
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Below you'll find a recap from the National Hurricane Center of the four retired storms from 2017.
The National Hurricane Center concluded that Harvey and Maria will likely rank as the second-costliest and third-costliest storms in USA history, respectively, with 2005's Katrina still the highest (accounting for inflation).
Irma lashed the Caribbean and the US, making seven separate landfalls as it tore across the islands and the Southeast US.
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. It caused 44 direct deaths as a result of wind, rain and heavy surf. The 2005 season still holds the top spot with five retirees (Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma). Irma contributed to 129 deaths, while Maria killed 31 people in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region.