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Hurricane names Harvey, Irma and Maria officially 'retired'

14 April, 2018, 20:10 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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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 previous year.

In early October, flooding from then-Tropical Storm Nate claimed 44 lives in Central America.

Hurricane Harvey, which pounded Southeastern Texas for days with historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding, is the second costliest hurricane in US history after Katrina. Seven months later many on the island are still without power. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the WMO Tropical Cyclone Committees (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. Those names will first appear in the 2023 list of storm names.

The agency noted that 2017 Atlantic season was both extremely active and one of the most destructive on record. The nation hardest hit by a storm can request its name be removed because the storm was so deadly or costly that future use of the name would be insensitive. At least 68 people died from the direct effects of the storm in Texas, the largest number in that state since 1919.

The World Meteorological Organization is retiring four hurricane names after a devastating 2017 season.

Nate proceeded north to hit the central U.S. Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane and brought minor rainfall to Virginia.

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Life in Puerto Rico is still far from normal after a worst-case scenario strike from Hurricane Maria in mid-September.

In 1953, the USA began using female names for hurricanes and, by 1979, both male and female names were used.

In all, 86 hurricane names have now been retired.

There are no Q, U, X, Y or Z names, due to the lack of usable names that begin with those letters.

"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.

Maria was used three times in the Atlantic and three times in the Western Pacific, while Nate was also used three times.

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