Four hurricane names are being retired and here are their replacements

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

The WMO's Hurricane Committee, which is meeting in France to review how bad last year's season was, retires name if a storm is extremely deadly or costly.

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate were such destructive hurricanes in 2017, the World Meteorological Organization is retiring their names.

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.

The organisation reuses storm names every six years in lists for both the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins.

The committee selected the replacement names of Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel respectively.

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With the four new retirees, there have been 86 names pulled from the Atlantic list since 1953, when storms began to be named.

Damages from the 2017 hurricane season exceeded $250 billion in the United States alone while several hundred people died throughout the world from hurricanes in 2017, according to WMO.

Harvey hit Texas Aug. 25, killing at least 68 people. It caused 44 direct deaths as a result of wind, rain and heavy surf. It's the second-costliest hurricane in USA history, behind Katrina. A Category 5 storm at its height, Irma killed more than 100 people and devastated the island of Barbuda and the US Virgin Islands.

Irma - a Category 5 storm, the strongest designation, wrecked havoc on Caribbean islands; Barbuda was nearly completely destroyed. Maria caused 31 direct deaths with 34 missing in Dominica, and two direct deaths in Guadeloupe. Many agree that appending names to storms makes it easier for the media to report on tropical cyclones, heightens interest in warnings and increases community preparedness. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, which includes an unknown number of indirect deaths. In 2005, five storm names, including Katrina, were retired - the most for a single season.

Nate proceeded north to hit the central U.S. Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane and brought minor rainfall to Virginia. Nate's rainfall inundated Central America and killed 45.

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