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Harvey, Maria and others retired as hurricane names

13 April 2018

Four retired hurricane names in one season is remarkable, but not a record.

This year's Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 - with Alberto.

We should expect another few names to be retired by the end of 2018 too.


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The World Meteorological Organization on Thursday removed the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from the list of future hurricane names due to the "extensive damage" those storms caused in the United States and Caribbean past year.

In the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans, tropical storms and hurricanes are named using an alphabetical list that rotates on a six-year cycle.

You won't be seeing Harvey, Irma, Maria or Nate as names for hurricanes or tropical storms anytime soon.

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The extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record. Just three months after Harvey's colossal rains, much of Texas is now in a drought. The storm stalled there for four days, causing catastrophic flooding in parts of southeastern Texas. Some estimates place Harvey ahead of Hurricane Katrina in damages - about $180 billion. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands.

Hurricane Irma will never impact Jacksonville again. Officials said at least 44 people died from the direct effects of Irma as a result of its "strong winds, heavy rain and high surf".

Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Dominica as a category 5 storm on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane. It also inflicted serious damage on some of the other islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea. It was the third-costliest storm in USA history, and caused 31 deaths in Dominica, two deaths in Guadeloupe, and at least 65 deaths in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, which includes an unknown number of indirect deaths.

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The hurricanes killed hundreds of people, caused more than $200 billion in damage and brought misery and hardship to millions of Americans.

Harvey, Maria and others retired as hurricane names