Hurricane Names Harvey, Irma, Maria And Nate Being Retired

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Hurricane Nate didn't make landfall in the USA but slammed into Nicaragua and Panama as a Category 1, causing 44 deaths.

Irma remained at category 5 strength for 60 hours in early September on a trail of destruction through numerous Caribbean islands.

Harvey, which dumped up to five feet (1.52 m) of rain on southeast Texas, and Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico and Dominica, are the second- and third-costliest storms in USA history, NOAA said. 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".

Four notable storms from the 2017 season had names that will no longer be used for hurricanes, according to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization: Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate. It's the third costliest hurricane in US history.

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"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.

The start of the Atlantic hurricane season is only about a month and a half away.

The organisation reuses storm names every six years in lists for both the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins.

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

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The hurricanes taken off the WMO's rotation of names caused 224 deaths during their tropical cyclone phases. Hundreds more were injured preparing for the storm, during it or in its aftermath.

Seventeen tropical storms were named in 2017, and 10 of those storms became hurricanes.

Hurricane Nate killed 45 people in Central America. The 2017 season fell one name short of tying the most names retired in a season, which was set in 2005 (Wilma, Rita, Stan, Dennis, and Katrina). An additional nine people were missing in the region.

The NOAA estimate of damage in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Maria is 90 billion dollars, which makes it the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history, behind Katrina (2005) and Harvey (2017).

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