2017 hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate have been permanently retired

Names are generally retired when storms are so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate were retired by the organization's Region IV Hurricane Committee.

The 2005 season has the most retired names (Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma) for one season, the hurricane center said.

The WMO's Hurricane Committee, which is meeting in France to review how bad last year's season was, retires name if a storm is extremely deadly or costly. They're calling for 14 named storms and seven of those are expected to become hurricanes. 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.

Hurricane Nate crossed Nicaragua and Honduras as a tropical storm and made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the U.S.as a category 1 hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey kicked off the season in late August.

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The season as a whole caused hundreds of billions of dollars in estimated damages.

The removal also avoids confusion caused by a future storm having the same name.

"Sara" will debut on the list of storm names this year, having replaced Sandy, which was retired after the notable 2012 superstorm that pummeled New Jersey and NY.

Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on September 5. Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida.

Maria was still a category 4 hurricane when it reached Puerto Rico as the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928 and by far the most destructive. Nate's rainfall inundated Central America and killed 45.

The WMO chooses the names for each year, which are on a six year rotation.in the 2023 season, we'll re-use the 2017 alphabet (Cindy, Katia, Gert, etc.) but those four names will not be included. At least nine other people are missing in the region.

  • Megan Austin