Maria among 2017’s retired storm names

Hurricane Maria caused widespread destruction in Dominica

Maria is among four storm names retired by the World Meteorological Organization after their namesakes caused significant damage in the United States and the Caribbean in 2017.

Maria, Irma, Harvey and Nate will be removed from future use among hurricane names.

These names will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel.

Hurricane Maria struck Dominica in September last year as a category 5 storm. It unleashed a path of destruction and death. Authorities said 31 people were killed and 34 missing and presumed dead.

There have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954, when storms began to be named. The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names (five) for one season.

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  1. April 14, 2018

    And so what does that have to do with a mass body of precipitation and strong winds…smart until they have become fools…I guess David was retired as well and how many followed after…The idiots naming the systems have nothing to do with their weakness or strength, where they go or where they do not go…
    LORD have mercy…

  2. Hmmm
    April 12, 2018

    They took off Maria and replace it with Harold?? O Lord have mercy. Well God forbid, this time I running for bunkers.. I think they need to stop naming hurricanes after people.

    • Human
      April 13, 2018

      They replaced it with the M name. Why would you think you’d replace a female name with a man’s? Or are you being sarcastic?

  3. Shaka Zulu
    April 12, 2018

    Maria made the Hurricane Hall of fame.

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