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

Hurricane Harvey

The names of four deadly hurricanes that slammed parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean a year ago are being retired.

The World Meteorological Organization's Hurricane Committee, meeting in Martinique, France, April 9-13 to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning for the 2018 season, has retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate from its list of rotating names.

Although this past year was destructive, the 2005 Hurricane Season retired the most names - Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma.

Since 1979, the WMO has been using a six-year name rotation. The organisation will replace Harvey with Harold, Irma with Idalia, and Maria with Margot.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate are storm names that don't bear repeating.

Below you'll find a recap from the National Hurricane Center of the four retired storms from 2017.

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"Given the exceptional nature of the 2017 season, the WMO RAIV Hurricane Committee is scheduled for five rather than the traditional four days".

Hurricane Harvey killed at least 68 people after hitting Texas last August. Harvey is the second costliest hurricane in USA history (after inflation), behind only Katrina in 2005.

Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on September 5. It caused 44 direct deaths as a result of wind, rain and heavy surf. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. In the USA, seven direct deaths were reported, and an additional 85 indirect deaths occurred, 80 of which were in Florida.

Hurricane Maria was a category 5 storm when it hit the Caribbean island of Dominica. Maria is the third costliest hurricane in USA history, behind Harvey and Katrina. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, plus an unknown number of indirect deaths.

Hurricanes season runs from June 1 to November 30. But its rainfall brought flooding and mudslides that caused 44 deaths in Central America.

Since 1953, 86 hurricanes and tropical storms have caused enough devastation to be removed from the Atlantic lists.

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