Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate were directly responsible for the deaths of at least 255 people and caused billions of dollars in damage, NOAA said. The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names (five) for one season. (In other words, they are now using non-retired names that were also used in both 2012 and 2006.) They've been using this system since 1953.
The Hurricane Committee retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from its list of rotating names.
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.
It made another landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 storm and went on to strike Florida twice.
These four names will never be forgotten in the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast after the devastating hurricane season of 2017.
Colorado State University predicted that the 2018 season will be busy with 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on September 5.
We should expect another few names to be retired by the end of 2018 too.. The meeting is chaired by Kenneth Graham, the new director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center.
The 2005 season holds the record for the most names retired because of the devastation they caused.
On the heels of Harvey was Hurricane Irma, which intensified into a Category 5 monster and caused "near total destruction" on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, according to the WMO.
The removal also avoids confusion caused by a future storm having the same name. On Oct. 8, the hurricane made landfall as a Category 1. Irma contributed to 129 deaths, while Maria killed 31 people in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico. It brought rainfall that caused significant impacts in Central America, where media reports indicate that these caused 44 deaths in the region.