Names of 2017's most costly hurricanes have been retired. Here's why

Names of 2017's most costly hurricanes have been retired. Here's why

Names of 2017's most costly hurricanes have been retired. Here's why

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday the names of four hurricanes that caused significant damage and killed dozens previous year will be retired.

Say goodbye to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate.

The only time that there is a change in the list is if 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. Otherwise, names are reused on a six-year cycle.

The names have been replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. Those names will first appear in the 2023 list of storm names. "Damage costs exceeded 250 billion dollars in the United States alone, whilst recovery for the worst hit Caribbean islands such as Dominica may take years".


Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane that dumped record amounts of rain on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, causing the deaths of 68 people and upward of $125 billion worth of damage in August.

Below you'll find a recap from the National Hurricane Center of the four retired storms from 2017.

It's too early to know exactly what will transpire during the hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30, but a handful of outlooks released this spring predict more than the average number of storms. Harvey cost about $125 billion, the second costliest hurricane in US history - right behind Katrina. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. Irma came ashore in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida. Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane. The storm was blamed for at least 100 direct deaths between Dominica and Puerto Rico, but the number of indirect deaths due to the massive disruption is still unknown.

Hurricanes season runs from June 1 to November 30. Nate, meanwhile, was responsible for 45 deaths after crossing Central America.

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