These 4 Deadly 2017 Hurricane Names Will be Retired

Apr 12, 2018

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Au revoir, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate. Bonjour, Harold, Idallia, Margot and Nigel.

A committee from the World Meteorological Organization announced Thursday that it is retiring the names of four Atlantic hurricanes from 2017. Because of the massive destruction and death caused by these hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will never be included in the rotation for Atlantic hurricanes again. They will be replaced with Harold, Idallia, Margot and Nigel.

Typically, the list of names for hurricanes and tropical storms rotates every six years. This is the fifth time that four hurricane names have been retired from the list in one year — the most retirees for a single year was during 2005 when an unusual amount of Atlantic storms caused widespread damage and destruction; those retired in 2005 were Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma. Since 1963, when WMO started naming Atlantic hurricanes, 86 names have been retired from the list.

Maria and Nate were both used three times during their rotations; Irma was used twice for Atlantic storms; Harvey has been used six times since 1981.

As far as the 2018 hurricane season goes, meteorologists are predicting an even busier season with 14 named storms: seven are expected to become hurricanes and three are expected to be major hurricanes.

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