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Hurricane names Harvey, Irma and Maria officially 'retired'

14 April 2018, 08:11 | Percy Christensen

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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.

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

As The Washington Post reported, hurricane names started to be retired after the 1954 hurricane season, when three devastating storms hit the East Coast.

Including these four additions, there have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953, when storms began to be named. They will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel for the 2023 season.

The flooding from Hurricane Harvey was nothing short of catastrophic in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana because the large storm stalled for days in late August.

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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).

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

"Since that fateful year, 88 names have been retired, and those beginning with "I" made up a disproportional number of them (11 of the 88)", the newspaper writes. Irma came ashore in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. It caused 44 direct deaths as a result of wind, rain and heavy surf. The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names (five) for one season. In the USA, seven direct deaths were reported, and an additional 85 indirect deaths occurred, 80 of which were in Florida. Irma contributed to 129 deaths, while Maria killed 31 people in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico. The 60.58-inch (or 5-foot) rainfall total in Nederland, Texas broke the record for heaviest hurricane rainfall measurement in USA history by 8 inches.

Hurricane Nate crossed northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras as a tropical storm, then made landfall on the northern Gulf Coast as a category 1 hurricane. Nate, meanwhile, was responsible for 45 deaths after crossing Central America.



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