Some Hurricane Names Banished

The World Meteorological Organization’s international committee of meteorologists officially retired the names of the four most destructive 2017 storms — Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate — from the rotating roster of cyclone names...
April 17, 2018

The World Meteorological Organization’s international committee of meteorologists officially retired the names of the four most destructive 2017 storms — Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate — from the rotating roster of cyclone names. The storms were considered “so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity.” Only one other storm season has ever produced more banishments: 2005, the year of Dennis, Rita, Stan, Wilma, and Katrina. The first storm of the 2018 hurricane season will be named Alberto.

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