Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate retired by WMO

Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate retired by WMO

Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate retired by WMO

The names are retired if the storms were so severe that their future use would be regarded as insensitive. Harvey is the second costliest hurricane in USA history (after inflation), behind only Katrina in 2005.

Names that are not retired get reused every six years.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel on the 2023 list of storm names. The WMO has a rotating list of names for each Tropical Cyclone basin, such as the Atlantic or Eastern North Pacific.

Hurricane Irma will never impact Jacksonville again.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was blamed for the deaths of several hundred people across the basin.

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

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There were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger).

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


Harvey was blamed for 68 direct deaths, according to the hurricane center. In total, 86 names have been retired since 1954.

The last names dropped from the list were 2016 storms: Matthew and Otto. Puerto Rico struggled to restore water and power to its residents in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Irma remained at category 5 strength for 60 hours in early September on a trail of destruction through numerous Caribbean islands. It was the third-costliest storm in USA history, and caused 31 deaths in Dominica, two deaths in Guadeloupe, and at least 65 deaths in Puerto Rico. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region. An additional nine people were missing in the region.

The 2005 season holds the record for the most names retired because of the devastation they caused.

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