Hurricane season 2018: Which names will be used this year?

Hurricane season 2018: Which names will be used this year?

Damage from Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate in the US alone was more than $250 billion, several hundred people died, and islands in the Caribbean are still recovering.

The 2005 hurricane season, which also saw the most named storms, saw the most names retired with five: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma. New names are added after others are retired, otherwise, names are reused every six years.

The names will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel, which will first appear in the 2023 approved list of storm names, the agency said in a statement.

There have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954.

"I"-name storms tend to coincide near the average peak of the hurricane season".

But when it comes to new hurricanes, you'll never hear them again. Some estimates place Harvey ahead of Hurricane Katrina in damages - about $180 billion.

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Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on September 5. If a hurricane is particularly deadly or costly, then its name is retired and replaced by a different name.

No storm in 2017 was as devastating as Hurricane Maria was to Puerto Rico.

It struck the Caribbean island of Dominica at Category 5 intensity and caused catastrophic damage.

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.

Maria was blamed for 31 direct deaths in Dominica (with 34 missing), two deaths in Guadeloupe and 65 in Puerto Rico, according to the WMO. The storm did around $800 million in damage and killed 45 people in Central America and the United States. This year's list of names starts with Alberto and ends with William.

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