These 2017 hurricane names are being retired

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Say goodbye to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate.

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). Seven months later many on the island are still without power.

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

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. Maria killed 31 in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico.

Due to extensive damage caused by the hurricanes, the World Meteorological Organization has officially retired all four storm names.

The 2017 hurricane season was record-shattering, fueled by abnormally warm ocean water and a particularly conducive weather pattern over the Atlantic. At least 68 people died from the direct effects of the storm in Texas, the largest number in that state since 1919.

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Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive.

The nations hit by a storm can request to have its name removed if it would be traumatic for it to appear again, and the 2017 season left few corners of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico unscathed.

Life in Puerto Rico is still far from normal after a worst-case scenario strike from Hurricane Maria in mid-September. Before the end of the 1900's, forecasters started using male names for those forming in the Southern Hemisphere.

In all, 86 hurricane names have now been retired. In 1979, men's names were introduced and they alternate with the women's names. The storm then stalled, with its center remaining over or near the Texas coast for four days, dropping historic rainfall amounts, of up to five feet, causing catastrophic flooding in parts of southeastern Texas.

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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