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Names of destructive 2017 storms retired

14 April, 2018, 20:11 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Homes are surrounded by floodwater Sept. 1 2017 in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey near Galveston Texas

Goodbye and good riddance. "Damage costs exceeded 250 billion dollars in the United States alone, whilst recovery for the worst hit Caribbean islands such as Dominica may take years".

- The World Meteorological Organization maintains a six-list rotation of storm names for the Atlantic Basin.

Hurricane Nate was a tropical storm that strengthened to category 1 hurricane status.

The National Hurricane Center concluded that Harvey and Maria will likely rank as the second-costliest and third-costliest storms in US history, respectively, with 2005's Katrina still the highest (accounting for inflation). The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane.

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Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane, producing catastrophic damage to the U.S. territory.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will no longer be on the rotating list of storm names, the WMO said on Thursday.

Although this past year was destructive, the 2005 Hurricane Season retired the most names - Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma. At least 68 people died from the direct effects of the storm in Texas, the largest number in that state since 1919.

The removal also avoids confusion caused by a future storm having the same name. Thus, the 2015 list will be used again in 2021.

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The retired names will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel and will make their debut during the 2023 hurricane season.

In all, 86 hurricane names have now been retired. For Atlantic storms, the name can be French, Spanish or English, reflecting the languages of residents of countries that could be impacted by a hurricane.

The practice of naming Atlantic hurricanes dates back to the 1950s, though only female names were used between 1953 and 1978. In 1979, men's names were introduced and they alternate with the women's names.

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