Four hurricane names are being retired and here are their replacements

Is your name on the new hurricane list?

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. Harvey cost about $125 billion, the second costliest hurricane in US history - right behind Katrina. Seven months later many on the island are still without power.

To replace the four names, Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel will be included in the 2023 list of storm names. Irma contributed to 129 deaths, while Maria killed 31 people in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico. 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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday the names of four hurricanes that caused significant damage and killed dozens a year ago will be retired.

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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.

Life in Puerto Rico is still far from normal after a worst-case scenario strike from Hurricane Maria in mid-September.

The nations hit by a storm can request to have its name removed if it would be traumatic for it to appear again, and the 2017 season left few corners of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico unscathed.

Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired because of deadly impacts
Irma remained at category 5 strength for 60 hours in early September on a trail of destruction through numerous Caribbean islands. These four names will never be forgotten in the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast after the devastating hurricane season of 2017.

In all, 86 hurricane names have now been retired.

The practice of naming Atlantic hurricanes dates back to the 1950s, though only female names were used between 1953 and 1978.

There are no Q, U, X, Y or Z names, due to the lack of usable names that begin with those letters. Within a given hurricane season, male and female names alternate; the following year, the gender ordering is staggered (for example, Ana and Bill one year, Alex and Bonnie the next, etc.).

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There are also separate lists for typhoons in the western Pacific and tropical cyclones in Australia and the Indian Ocean.

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