Four hurricane names retired following 2017 devastation

Four hurricane names retired following 2017 devastation

The World Meteorological Organization's Hurricane Committee, meeting in Martinique, France, April 9-13 to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning for the 2018 season, has retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate from its list of rotating 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 are retired if the storms were so severe that their future use would be insensitive.

On Thursday, a committee of the World Meteorological Organization chose to replace those names with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel when the list is recycled in 2023.

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The retired names will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel and will make their debut during the 2023 hurricane season.

"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. That's a significant jump from the 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami identified on average between 1981-2010. The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names for one season, with five. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands.

Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people in Texas alone and dumped historic amounts of rain on the city of Houston. Irma made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in the Florida Keys on September 10 and struck southwestern Florida as a category 3 the same day. The 60.58-inch (or 5-foot) rainfall total in Nederland, Texas broke the record for heaviest hurricane rainfall measurement in US history by 8 inches. Hundreds more were injured preparing for the storm, during it or in its aftermath. Maria killed 31 in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico. Nate, meanwhile, was responsible for 45 deaths after crossing Central America. An additional nine people were missing in the region.

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