Due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate, these storm names will not be repeated in the future, according to a release from the NOAA. The 2005 season has the most retired names, with five.
The committee said that Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel are the names that will replace Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate in the 2023 season.
The NOAA states that names of storms are retired when they're "so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive".
Hurricanes season runs from June 1 to November 30.
Names that are not retired get reused every six years. But only time will tell if any of the year's named storms will join this infamous list of devastating hurricanes. If a hurricane is particularly deadly or costly, then its name is retired and replaced by a different name. Irma made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in the Florida Keys on September 10 and struck southwestern Florida as a category 3 the same day. 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.
Four retired hurricane names in one season is remarkable, but not a record. Heavy rain and damaging wind brought down hundreds of trees and knocked out power for thousands of people when tropical storm Irma moved through on September 11th.
Maria was still a category 4 hurricane when it reached Puerto Rico as the strongest storm to hit the island since 1928 and by far the most destructive. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region.
They were the monsters of the hurricane season from hell.
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center.