Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired as hurricane names
13 April, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Edward Snyder
Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will no longer be a part of the rotating list of hurricane names. Taking their place will be Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel respectively. Otherwise, names are reused on a six-year cycle.
Maria was used three times in the Atlantic and three times in the Western Pacific, while Nate was also used three times.
Also Harvey, Maria and Nate will no longer be used to name hurricanes due to their deadly impacts throughout the Atlantic basin. They trail only Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the four names have officially been retired due to the "extensive damage" they caused to the United States and Caribbean in 2017.
Hurricane Irma will never impact Jacksonville again. At least 68 people died from the direct effects of the storm in Texas, the largest number of direct deaths from a tropical cyclone in that state since 1919.
The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season will be Alberto. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands.
Damaged houses are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the Florida Keys. A new one must be chosen if a name is "retired" - that is, if a storm is so destructive or deadly that it would be insensitive to continue to use the name. In the USA, seven direct deaths were reported, and an additional 85 indirect deaths occurred, 80 of which were in Florida. Other islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea were also damaged. 65 are dead in Puerto Rico.
Hurricanes season runs from June 1 to November 30. Nate's rainfall inundated Central America and killed 45.
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