Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria retired; 2018 names announced

Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria retired; 2018 names announced

Taking their place will be Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel respectively. There are six lists that are re-used every six years.

Eighty-six names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954.

Due to the current 6-year rotation, the new names will first appear on the 2023 list.

The 2005 hurricane season, which also saw the most named storms, saw the most names retired with five: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate have been retired as hurricane names, marking a dubious honor for the 2017 storms that were among the worst ever to lash the Caribbean and United States, the USA oceanic agency said on Thursday. The storm caused "catastrophic flooding" and killed at least 68 people, the NOAA reported.

Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm that made landfall at seven locations along the Carribbean and Florida.

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Damaged houses are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the Florida Keys. Irma caused 44 deaths, including seven in the U.S.

The four names officially are retired from future use as using them again would be insensitive considering the death and destruction they brought in 2017.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in late September as a Category 4 storm packing winds of 155 miles per hour. Maria is the third costliest hurricane in US history, behind Harvey and Katrina. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, plus an unknown number of indirect deaths.

Hurricane Nate killed 45 people in Central America.

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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