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

It also caused more than $250 billion in damage in the USA alone, according to the WMO.

Due to the extensive damage the four storms caused in the United States and the Caribbean a year ago, the World Meteorological Organization's Region IV Hurricane Committee has officially retired the names. There are six lists that are re-used every six years. In 2005, five storm names, including Katrina, were retired - the most for a single season.

Including these four additions, there have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954, when storms began to be named.

Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive, the committee said in a press release announcing the decision.

We'll never hear storm names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate again. Nate will be replaced by Nigel.

Colorado State University predicted that the 2018 season will be busy with 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Hurricane Harvey became a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale before making landfall along the middle Texas coast on August 25.

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

Nate was a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall in MS on October 7. The vast majority of these outages occurred in Florida, which was noticeably darker on satellite imagery as Irma pulled away from the state. Maria killed 31 in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico. Several hundred people died, and the lives of millions were impacted. Maria was the strongest storm to strike the island since the 1930s. The meeting is chaired by Kenneth Graham, the new director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center. Nate developed in the Southern Caribbean and tracked north into the Gulf of Mexico.

But it was rain from the storm that caused at least 45 deaths in Central America. "Bush field recorded 4.10" of rain that day, which is 0.88" more than our average rainfall total for the entire month of September. Since that fateful year, 88 names have been retired, and those beginning with "I" make up the majority of them (11). These will be included on the 2023 list of storm names. With ocean temperatures warm and hostile winds shear, conditions are prime for hurricane development.

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