Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate won't be seen again

Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate won't be seen again

Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate won't be seen again

There will never be another hurricane named Harvey, Irma, Maria or Nate.

In early October, flooding from then-Tropical Storm Nate claimed 44 lives in Central America. Infamous storm names such as Haiyan (Philippines, 2013), Sandy (USA, 2012), Katrina (USA, 2005), Mitch (Honduras, 1998) and Tracy (Darwin, 1974) are examples for this.

To replace the four names, Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel will be included in the 2023 list of storm names.

On Thursday, a committee of the World Meteorological Organization chose to replace those names with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel when the list is recycled in 2023. In 2005, five storm names, including Katrina, were retired - the most for a single season.

Hurricane Nate hit Central America and the Gulf Coast of the US, eventually becoming a Category 1 hurricane.

Four of last season's hurricanes were deemed so destructive and deadly that the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization has chose to retire their names.

Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people in Texas alone and dumped historic amounts of rain on the city of Houston.

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The names were retired in remembrance of the many victims of the storms.

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Life in Puerto Rico is still far from normal after a worst-case scenario strike from Hurricane Maria in mid-September.

That is likely because the wide scale of the death and destruction from the hurricanes retired after the 2004 season - Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne - far exceeded the very localized severity of Gaston.

With these four additions, a total of 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953. Before the end of the 1900's, forecasters started using male names for those forming in the Southern Hemisphere. Many agree that appending names to storms makes it easier for the media to report on tropical cyclones, heightens interest in warnings and increases community preparedness.

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

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