Hurricane names retired: Say good riddance to Harvey, Irma, Maria -- and Nate

Hurricane names Harvey Irma Maria retired 2018 names announced

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

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

The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for coming up with the list of storm names.

NOAA officials say 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list over the past six decades.

- 68 direct deaths in Texas, most caused by a storm in the state since 1919.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November 30.

The four names retired in 2017 ties 1995 and 1955 as the second greatest retirement year on record. Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive - otherwise names are reused on a six-year cycle. In the US, seven deaths as a result of were reported, and 85 indirect deaths as a result of debris.

Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane.

The Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index, a measure that takes into account both the strength and duration of the season's tropical storms and hurricanes, was about 241% of the long-term average and the seventh highest in the Atlantic historical record back to 1851, according to the RSMC Miami report. Maria caused 31 direct deaths with 34 missing in Dominica, and two direct deaths in Guadeloupe. It caused at least 45 deaths in Central America.

The committee said that Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel are the names that will replace Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate in the 2023 season. They're calling for 14 named storms and seven of those are expected to become hurricanes.

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