Four hurricane names are being retired and here are their replacements

Is your name on the new hurricane list?

Due to extensive damage caused by the hurricanes, the World Meteorological Organization has officially retired all four storm names.

The names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will never again be used for Atlantic hurricanes because of the devastation those storms caused in the 2017 season.

Hurricane Irma's Category 5 winds of almost 180 miles per hour leveled buildings and vegetation in the Leeward Islands in early September, then ended with a destructive combination of waves, storm surge, rain and tornadoes across Florida.

On Thursday, a committee of the World Meteorological Organization chose to replace those names with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel when the list is recycled in 2023.

The committee also selected the replacement names as Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. Those names will first appear in the 2023 list of storm names. The hurricanes killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars in damage - more than $250 billion in just the USA, according to WMO.

Hurricane Harvey became a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale before making landfall along the middle Texas coast on August 25.

Harvey, which dumped up to 1.5 metres of rain on southeastern Texas, and Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico and Dominica, are the second- and third-costliest storms in US history, NOAA said.

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Harvey hit Texas Aug. 25, killing at least 68 people.

There have now been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin since 1953.

Irma - a Category 5 storm, the strongest designation, wrecked havoc on Caribbean islands; Barbuda was nearly completely destroyed. It caused 44 direct deaths as a result of wind, rain and heavy surf.

Here's a summary of the newly retired storms. Irma contributed to 129 deaths, while Maria killed 31 people in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association estimates that the damage caused by Maria places it at No. 3 - right behind Harvey and Katrina.

Hurricane Nate was a tropical storm that strengthened to category 1 hurricane status. Nate, meanwhile, was responsible for 45 deaths after crossing Central America.

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