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Names of destructive 2017 storms retired

Names of destructive 2017 storms retired

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

Eighty-six names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954.

The 2017 Atlantic season is by far the costliest hurricane season on record with estimated damages of over $228 billion, over $100 billion more than the previous record holder: 2005. Harvey is the second-costliest hurricane in US history behind only Katrina in 2005. If more than 21 storms form in one season, like in 2005, the Greek alphabet is used to name the additional storms. The 1981-2010 averages are 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. A major hurricane is a Category 3 or above with winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

At least 68 people died from the storm in Texas. Houston bore the brunt of the storm. Irma went on to track along the north coast of Cuba and was was the first category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1932, causing serious damage.

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Maria quickly intensified into a hurricane just 24 hours after it became a tropical storm and intensified into a category 5 hurricane. It weakened slightly to category 4 before devastating Puerto Rico and knocking out the island's power grid.

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. Many people can't keep food or medications cool as the temperatures rise.

The 2017 hurricane season was record-shattering, fueled by abnormally warm ocean water and a particularly conducive weather pattern over the Atlantic.

The World Meteorological Organization's Atlantic regional agency pulled the names from its six-year cycle of approved storm monikers since using them again would be insensitive, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said. The committee also is planning how to better prepare for this coming season. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region.