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Google's 2017 Year in Search revealed the most prominent searches of the year and it has been a tough one.

The top search term of the year in the US and globally was Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 hurricane that hit the coast of Florida in September.

The second top search was for former "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked from NBC last month for a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior.

The former "Today" host also made a separate list where he was number one in regards to top 10 people searched on Google for the United States in 2017.

Topping that list were: Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer, Tom Petty, Super Bowl and Las Vegas shooting. Globally, Matt Lauer was the most searched person, followed by Meghan Markle, Nadia Toffa, Harvey Weinstein, and Kevin Spacey. Gucci tops the list for fashion, with the rest of the top 10 list filled out by the heavyweights: Chanel, Dior, Valentino and more.

The iPhone 8 may not be Apple's ultimate flagship, but the curiosity around it ahead of its launch has put it on top of Google's most searched keywords list for this year. The Netflix show "13 Reasons Why", which dealt with suicide, was No. 5, and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was No. 9 after he committed suicide in July.

According to Google, many questions started with “how”.

This year, the search engine published data concerning top celebrities searched, top searches for television shows and movies, top music celebs searched, and more.

In the tech category, the iPhone 8, iPhone X and Nintendo Switch were at the top of the category.

Meanwhile, throughout the year's various natural disasters, people searched "how to help" more than ever before.