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NOAA retires names of three hurricanes that ravaged U.S. in 2017

GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Category 4 Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the Texas coast at approximately 10:00 pm CDT on August 25, 2017. (Photo courtesy of NOAA.)

GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Category 4 Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the Texas coast at approximately 10:00 pm CDT on August 25, 2017. (Photo courtesy of NOAA.)

The names Harvey, Irma, Marina and Nate have all been retired by the World Meteorological Organization due to the extensive damage hurricanes bearing those names caused.

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 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center on a 6-year cycle, according to NOAA.

The committee also selected the replacement names for Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel, respectively, that will first appear in the 2023 list of storm names.

Including these four additions, there have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953, when storms began to be named.

The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names for one season, with five.

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