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2011 Hurricane Names Released

June 1 marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, and the National Hurricane Center has released the list of names for potential 2011 storms:

  • Arlene
  • Bret
  • Cindy
  • Don
  • Emily
  • Franklin
  • Gert
  • Harvey
  • Irene
  • Jose
  • Katia
  • Lee
  • Maria
  • Nate
  • Ophelia
  • Philippe
  • Rina
  • Sean
  • Tammy
  • Vince
  • Whitney

There are six different lists of storm names that are rotated from year to year. This year’s list will be used again in 2017, but the names of particularly devastating storms are removed. For example, Katrina was replaced with Katia in this year’s list of names.

Hurricanes and tropical storms have been named since 1953. When the naming system started, storms were all given female names. In 1979, male names were added to the list and now storms alternate between male and female names.

Check the list of 2011 storm names to see if your name is on the list.