The World Meteorological Organization on Thursday removed the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from the list of future hurricane names due to the "extensive damage" those storms caused in the United States and Caribbean previous year.
In early October, flooding from then-Tropical Storm Nate claimed 44 lives in Central America. It's the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, behind Katrina.
Irma - a Category 5 storm, the strongest designation, wrecked havoc on Caribbean islands; Barbuda was nearly completely destroyed.
The committee selected the replacement names of Harold, Idalia, Margot, and Nigel respectively.
Including these four additions, there have been 86 names retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953, when storms began to be named. Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica as a category 5 on September 19, and later devastated Puerto Rico as a high-end category 4 hurricane.
Due to extensive damage caused by the hurricanes, the World Meteorological Organization has officially retired all four storm names.
Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people in Texas alone and dumped historic amounts of rain on the city of Houston.
Irma was only used once after replacing Irene, which was retired from the list after the 2011 hurricane season, but Irma was also used prior to the current 6-year rotation of storm names.
"The extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record", the WMO reported.
Nate proceeded north to hit the central U.S. Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane and brought minor rainfall to Virginia.
Unless a name is retired, the exact same list of names is used again six years later.
Experts are already predicting a busier than normal hurricane season.
In 1953, the United States began using female names for hurricanes and, by 1979, both male and female names were used.
That is likely because the wide scale of the death and destruction from the hurricanes retired after the 2004 season - Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne - far exceeded the very localized severity of Gaston. In 1979, men's names were introduced and they alternate with the women's names.
There are also separate lists for typhoons in the western Pacific and tropical cyclones in Australia and the Indian Ocean.