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Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate Retired From List of Hurricane Names

The World Meteorological Organization is replacing the four storm names

Hurricanes will no longer be named Harvey, Irma, Maria, or Nate.

The World Meteorological Organization announced Thursday it’s retiring the names, and said they "don't bear repeating."

Storm names are normally reused on a six-year cycle. With the newly retired storms, The World Meteorological Organization has retired 86 names since 1954.

"Names are retired if they are so deadly or destructive that the future of their name would be insensitive,” said Dennish Feltgen, a spokesperson for NOAA’s National Hurricane Center; which is a member of the World Meteorological Organization. “You can go back through time: There's very historical names like Audrey, and Donna, and, of course, Katrina and Rita. You don't ever want to hear those names on a list again and they won't be."

The names will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel and included on the 2017 that will first be used in 2023.

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