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.
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.
The names were retired in remembrance of the many victims of the storms.
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On Thursday, a committee of the World Meteorological Organization made a decision to replace those names with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel when the list is recycled in 2023.
The committee selected the replacement names of Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel respectively.
It was the first time three category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the United States and six category 5 landfalls occurred across the Caribbean basin, these being from Irma and Maria.
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Below you'll find a recap from the National Hurricane Center of the four retired storms from 2017.
The flooding from Hurricane Harvey was nothing short of catastrophic in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana because the large storm stalled for days in late August. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. It caused 44 direct deaths as a result of wind, rain and heavy surf. Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, which includes an unknown number of indirect deaths.
Hurricane season 2018 was a devastating year, with many places in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands still struggling to recover. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region. Within a given hurricane season, male and female names alternate; the following year, the gender ordering is staggered (for example, Ana and Bill one year, Alex and Bonnie the next, etc.).
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The Associated Press contributed to this article.