Hurricane names 'Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate' will retire

WMO retires hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate

WMO retires hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate were retired by the organization's Region IV Hurricane Committee.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate join Katrina, Ike and Rita on the list of hurricane names that have been officially "retired" from future use by the World Meteorological Organization.

An global committee of meteorologists has officially retired the names of the four 2017 storms from the rotating roster of cyclone names. The name, Irma, was one of four retired by the meteorologists. The four retired names will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel.

There are also separate lists for typhoons in the western Pacific and tropical cyclones in Australia and the Indian Ocean. Harvey cost about $125 billion, the second costliest hurricane in USA history - right behind Katrina. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. Barbuda experienced near-total destruction, and there was severe damage to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Virgin Islands and the southern Bahamas. Harvey is the second-costliest hurricane in US history behind only Katrina in 2005.

Hurricane Maria rapidly strengthened as a Category 5 hurricane as it struck the island of Dominica on September 19.

Nate caused over $700 million of damage.

Maria quickly intensified into a hurricane just 24 hours after it became a tropical storm and intensified into a category 5 hurricane.

According to NOAA, it caused 31 direct deaths with 34 missing in Dominica, and two direct deaths in Guadeloupe. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, which includes an unknown number of indirect deaths.

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

The storms are not "named neither after any particular person, nor with any preference in alphabetical sequence", the global meteorological group says; rather, they are selected to be "familiar to the people in each region".

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