Four hurricane names retired following devastation

Four hurricane names retired following devastation

After the extensive storm damage caused by recent storms, the World Meteorological Organization decided their names are not worth repeating.

The meteorological organisation retired the four names from its rotating list used for hurricanes and tropical storms in light of the death and destruction the storms caused a year ago.

Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive. They will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel, which will be used in the 2023 hurricane season. Thus, a storm with a name which begins with A, like Anne, would be the first storm to occur in the year. "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".

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm in late August and dropped more than 60 inches of rain over Texas. 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.

Hurricane Harvey, which pounded Southeastern Texas for days with historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding, is the second costliest hurricane in USA history after Katrina. 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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The 2017 hurricane season was record-shattering, fueled by abnormally warm ocean water and a particularly conducive weather pattern over the Atlantic.

Irma - a Category 5 storm, the strongest designation, wrecked havoc on Caribbean islands; Barbuda was nearly completely destroyed.

Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on September 5.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will join the list of exceptional hurricane names. A Category 5 storm at its height, Irma killed more than 100 people and devastated the island of Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, which includes an unknown number of indirect deaths. Nate's rainfall inundated Central America and killed 45.

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