Harvey, Maria and others retired as hurricane names

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas and along the Gulf Coast in August.

The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for coming up with the list of storm names.

An worldwide committee of meteorologists has officially retired the names of the four 2017 storms from the rotating roster of cyclone names. At least 68 people died from the direct effects of the storm in Texas, the largest number in that state since 1919. Harvey is the second costliest hurricane in US history (after inflation), behind only Katrina in 2005.

The 2017 hurricane season was record-shattering, fueled by abnormally warm ocean water and a particularly conducive weather pattern over the Atlantic.

The organization reuses storm names every six years in lists for the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins. Irma went on to track along the north coast of Cuba and was was the first category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1932, causing serious damage.

Irma caused seven direct deaths in the USA and 85 indirect deaths, 80 of which were in Florida, according to the WMO.




Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Dominica as a category 5 storm on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane.

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

Storm Nigel might not sound very threatening, but if it's making this list then it will definitely pack a punch.

It struck the Caribbean island of Dominica at Category 5 intensity and caused catastrophic damage. An additional fatality in Panama was due to a "shipwreck", bringing the death toll directly associated with Nate to 45.

"I"-name storms tend to coincide near the average peak of the hurricane season".

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