These 2017 hurricane names are being retired

The 2017 hurricane season featured three category 4 hurricanes making landfall, including Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Hurricane Irma made 4 landfalls in the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm before affecting most of Florida.

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, producing catastrophic damage to the U.S. territory. These names will show up for the first time in 2023, when the 2017 list will be re-used.

Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate caused extensive damage across parts of the United States and Caribbean. Maria is the third costliest hurricane in US history, behind Harvey and Katrina.

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This is the second-most names ever retired in a single year.

The World Meteorological Organization's Hurricane Committee is meeting in Martinique, France, from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one.

The current storm-naming system that covers the Atlantic basin dates from 1979, when the authorities drew up six alphabetical lists of men's and women's names to be used in rotation. The organisation will replace Harvey with Harold, Irma with Idalia, and Maria with Margot. The lists are now maintained and updated by an worldwide committee with the WMO.

There are also separate lists for typhoons in the western Pacific and tropical cyclones in Australia and the Indian Ocean.

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Nate caused over $700 million of damage. With 17 named storms, the 2017 season was the fifth-most active since record keeping began in 1851.

Maria quickly intensified into a hurricane just 24 hours after it became a tropical storm and intensified into a category 5 hurricane.

Hurricane Nate killed 45 people in Central America.

Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive. The 2005 season still holds the top spot with five retirees (Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma).

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