MIAMI — After last year’s devastating hurricane season, we will never have to hear from Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate ever again.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the names of the four deadly hurricanes that slammed parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean last year are being retired.
Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. The new names will make their debut during the 2023 hurricane season.
A total of 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954. The names are retired if the storms were so severe that their future use would be regarded as insensitive.
Harvey hit Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, killing at least 68 people. Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida. Maria killed 31 in Dominican and 65 in Puerto Rico, while Nate’s rainfall inundated Central America and killed 45.
With file from The Associated Press