Four hurricane names retired following 2017 devastation

Hurricane Maria shown here as it neared Dominica on Sept. 18 is one of the storm names that has been retired
Hurricane Maria shown here as it neared Dominica on Sept. 18 is one of the storm names that has been retired. NASA via AP
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13 April, 2018

The deadly 2005 season was the highest year on record with five retired names.

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

You won't be seeing Harvey, Irma, Maria or Nate as names for hurricanes or tropical storms anytime soon.

Including the four recent additions, 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954 when the storms first started being named. They're calling for 14 named storms and seven of those are expected to become hurricanes.

Just weeks later after scouring the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Key West, Florida, and then Marco Island in September.

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This year's Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 - with Alberto.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association estimates that the damage caused by Maria places it at No. 3 - right behind Harvey and Katrina. A Category 5 storm at its height with winds of 178 miles per hour, Irma killed more than 100 people and devastated the island of Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands.

It made another landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4, becoming the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928. The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico is 65, but because the island still lacks power, the number of indirect deaths is hard to calculate. An additional fatality in Panama was due to a "shipwreck", bringing the death toll directly associated with Nate to 45.

The 2005 season holds the record for the most names retired because of the devastation they caused. At least nine other people are missing in the region.


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