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When it comes to hurricanes, it’s all in a name.

Katrina will forever bring to mind the unbridled devastation in Louisiana in 2005 as one of the most expensive hurricanes in the U.S. at the plate. Maria recalls the destruction and massive loss of life – in particular in Puerto Rico and the U.S. virgin islands – in 2017. With Mary, almost 3,000 people in Puerto Rico were killed as a result of the hurricane.

And Harvey, also one of the most expensive storms, reminiscent of the disaster which is the to Texas and Louisiana in 2017.

For the Atlantic hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) recycles a list of names every six years – a process that is maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, the NHC is explained.

But you will not find Harvey, Katrina or Maria – along with many others – in that lists, because they are “retired.”

Katrina was retired in 2005, together with Dennis, Rita, Stan and Wilma. In 2017, Harvey and Mary were retired, in addition to Irma and Nate.

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To retire a storm name and will be deleted from the list – the hurricane should be “is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity,” said the NHC.

The name will be officially removed from the list during an annual meeting held by the World Meteorological Organization committee, the NHC said.

HURRICANE FLORENCE WOULD BRING CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGES: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?

As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Florence was a monster Category 2 storm rolled in the direction of the Carolinas. Forecasters have warned that the widening of the storm, and the chance of lingering around the coast, day after day after day will bring rising ocean water and heavy rain with the possibility of a catastrophic flooding in the interior which could swamp homes, businesses, farms and industrial sites.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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