Four hurricane names retired following 2017 devastation

Four hurricane names retired following 2017 devastation

Due to the extensive damage caused in the United States and Caribbean past year, the World Meteorological Organization's Region IV Hurricane Committee has officially retired these names.

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

As The Washington Post reported, hurricane names started to be retired after the 1954 hurricane season, when three devastating storms hit the East Coast.

The organisation reuses storm names every six years in lists for both the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate are storm names that don't bear repeating.

Damages from the 2017 hurricane season exceeded $250 billion in the United States alone while several hundred people died throughout the world from hurricanes in 2017, according to WMO.

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Hurricane Harvey, which was a Category 4 storm when it hit Texas in late August, directly killed at least 68 people.

Hurricane Harvey, which pounded Southeastern Texas for days with historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding, is the second costliest hurricane in US history after Katrina. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida.

Hurricane Irma made 4 landfalls in the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm before affecting most of Florida.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association estimates that the damage caused by Maria places it at No. 3 - right behind Harvey and Katrina.

Hurricane Maria came next, slamming into the island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm on September 19, then wrecking havoc on Puerto Rico. Maria caused 31 direct deaths with 34 missing in Dominica, and two direct deaths in Guadeloupe.

The 2017 hurricane season was record-shattering, fueled by abnormally warm ocean water and a particularly conducive weather pattern over the Atlantic. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, plus an unknown number of indirect deaths. But its rainfall brought flooding and mudslides that caused 44 deaths in Central America.

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