Harvey out, Harold in as deadly hurricane names retired

Harvey out, Harold in as deadly hurricane names retired

Harvey out, Harold in as deadly hurricane names retired

Those names were officially retired from storm lists this week by the World Meteorological Organization, after what it called once of the most destructive hurricane seasons on record in the Atlantic.

The four retired names will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel.

Names are reused on a six-year cycle until a name is retired if it turns deadly or costly.

Maria was used three times in the Atlantic and three times in the Western Pacific, while Nate was also used three times.

Also Harvey, Maria and Nate will no longer be used to name hurricanes due to their deadly impacts throughout the Atlantic basin.

Names are generally retired when storms are so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive.


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

. Of the 17 named tropical storms that formed during 2017, ten became hurricanes, and six reached major hurricane strength, according to WMO.

It made another landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 storm and went on to strike Florida twice.

Harvey, Irma and Maria are names tied to massive destruction and death in 2017.

What will the 2018 hurricane season bring?

It struck the Caribbean island of Dominica at Category 5 intensity and caused catastrophic damage. 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". Hundreds more were injured preparing for the storm, during it or in its aftermath.

It made another landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4, becoming the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928. Maria caused 31 direct deaths with 34 missing in Dominica, and two direct deaths in Guadeloupe.

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