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Hurricane Nate name retired as hurricane name

Hurricane Nate name retired as hurricane name

The names of four deadly hurricanes that slammed parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean past year are being retired.

When a storm is "so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive" its name is retired from the World Meteorological Organization's repeating 6 year list.

Irma was only used once after replacing Irene, which was retired from the list after the 2011 hurricane season, but Irma was also used prior to the current 6-year rotation of storm names.

NOAA officials say 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list over the past six decades. The organisation will replace Harvey with Harold, Irma with Idalia, and Maria with Margot.




The nations hit by a storm can request to have its name removed if it would be traumatic for it to appear again, and the 2017 season left few corners of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico unscathed. Damage costs exceeded $250 billion in the United States alone, while recovery for the worst-hit Caribbean islands such as Dominica may take years. At least 68 people died from the storm in Texas. It wasn't just the most active - it was also the most expensive on record in US history.

The four intense storms caused more than $200 billion in damages. Irma came ashore in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. "Irma caused 44 direct deaths as a result of its strong winds, heavy rain and high surf", according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 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.

The agency noted that 2017 Atlantic season was both extremely active and one of the most destructive on record. In Puerto Rico, the death toll stands at 65, plus an unknown number of indirect deaths.

Hurricane Nate hit Central America and the Gulf Coast of the USA, eventually becoming a Category 1 hurricane. But its rainfall brought flooding and mudslides that caused 44 deaths in Central America.


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