Harvey on the list of newly retired hurricane names

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A quick look-back at a very active season.

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The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that they will be retiring the names of several devastating hurricanes from the 2017 Atlantic Season, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

>>2017 Atlantic hurricane season ends after 17 named storms 

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate are now retired after it was decided by the World Meteorological Organization Region IV Hurricane Committee. These names will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel which will appear on the 2023 hurricane name list.

>>How do hurricanes get named?

The World Meteorological Organization is in control of naming hurricanes. According to the National Hurricane Center, names can be removed or retired if, "The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity."

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was an active one with 17 named storms, 10 strengthened to hurricanes and six of those became major hurricanes, strengthening to a Category 3 or higher.

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