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Four hurricane names are being retired and here are their replacements

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Hurricane Harvey caused devastation in Houston (David J Phillip/AP)
Hurricane Harvey caused devastation in Houston (David J Phillip/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The names of four deadly hurricanes that hit parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean last year are being retired.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that hurricane names 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.

Eighty-six names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954.

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The names are retired if the storms were so severe that their future use would be insensitive.

Harvey hit Texas on August 25, killing at least 68 people.

Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida.

Maria killed 31 people in Dominica and 65 in Puerto Rico.

Nate’s rainfall inundated Central America and killed 45 people.

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