These 2017 hurricane names are being retired

These 2017 hurricane names are being retired

With these four, the names of 86 hurricanes have been retired since 1953, the year the National Hurricane Center began developing lists of names for Atlantic tropical storms.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will no longer be a part of the rotating list of hurricane names. However, whenever a storm is particularly destructive or deadly - so much so that the future use of that name would be insensitive - it is retired forever. "Male and female names alternate alphabetically and the lists are used every six years", WMO said.

The committee also selected the replacement names as Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. When a storm name is retired from the Atlantic's list of names, member countries of the meteorological organisation from that region select a new name. The hurricanes killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars in damage - more than $250 billion in just the US, according to WMO.

It was the first time three category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the United States and six category 5 landfalls occurred across the Caribbean basin, these being from Irma and Maria.

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).

Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people in Texas alone and dumped historic amounts of rain on the city of Houston.

Hurricane Irma made 4 landfalls in the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm before affecting most of Florida. Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida. The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico is 65, but because the island still lacks power, the number of indirect deaths is hard to calculate. 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. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region.

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