Harvey out, Harold in as deadly hurricane names retired

World Meteorological Organization retires 4 hurricane names from 2017 season
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13 April, 2018

Also on the new retired storm list is Hurricane Nate, which didn't match the power of Harvey, Irma and Maria but was deadly in its own right. Otherwise, storm names are reused on a six-year cycle.

The committee also selected the replacement names as Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. For Atlantic storms, the name can be French, Spanish or English, reflecting the languages of residents of countries that could be hit by a hurricane.

Hurricane Irma will never impact Jacksonville again.

The NOAA reports that Hurricane Nate made landfall in the Gulf Coast as a category 1.

Colorado State University predicted that the 2018 season will be busy with 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Some estimates place Harvey ahead of Hurricane Katrina in damages - about $180 billion. For example, Katrina, Sandy and Isabel are all names that have been retired from the list.

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Harvey was blamed for 68 direct deaths, according to the hurricane center. 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 ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane.

It struck the Caribbean island of Dominica at Category 5 intensity and caused catastrophic damage. The storm did around $800 million in damage and killed 45 people in Central America and the United States. With 17 named storms, the 2017 season was the fifth-most active since record keeping began in 1851.

The WMO chooses the names for each year, which are on a six year rotation.in the 2023 season, we'll re-use the 2017 alphabet (Cindy, Katia, Gert, etc.) but those four names will not be included.

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