Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired because of deadly impacts

World Meteorological Organization retires 4 hurricane names from 2017 season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. Names are usually reused on a six-year cycle.

Maria was used three times in the Atlantic and three times in the Western Pacific, while Nate was also used three times.

With these four additions, a total of 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953.

The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for coming up with the list of storm names. They trail only Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

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Out with the old, in with the new: storm names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate are retired given how costly and deadly they were in 2017.

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season will be Alberto.

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

Damaged houses are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the Florida Keys. In the US, seven direct deaths were reported, and an additional 85 indirect deaths occurred, 80 of which were in Florida.

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Maria was still a category 4 hurricane when it reached Puerto Rico as the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928 and by far the most destructive.

These four names will never be forgotten in the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast after the devastating hurricane season of 2017. After a shipwreck in Panama, the death toll rose to 45. At least nine other people are missing in the region.

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.

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