Tropical storms and hurricanes have been given names since 1953. Names alternate between male and female and always run in alphabetical order. Names of hurricanes that do a great amount of damage are retired and never used again.
The names for 2011 are:
In the event that more than 21 named hurricanes occur in the Atlantic in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, etc.