Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists created by the National Hurricane Center and now maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization. The lists featured only women's names until 1979, when men's and women's names were alternated. Six lists are used in rotation. If all the names in a season's list have been used, later storms are named for Greek letters, in alphabetical order. A storm is given a name once its winds reach an intensity of 40 mph. Because hurricanes often occur at the same time, officials assign short, distinctive names to the storms to avoid confusion among weather stations, coastal bases, and ships at sea. Below is the list of names for 2010:

  1. Alex
  2. Bonnie
  3. Colin
  4. Danielle
  5. Earl
  6. Fiona
  7. Gaston
  8. Hermine
  9. Igor
  10. Julia
  11. Karl
  12. Lisa
  13. Matthew
  14. Nicole
  15. Otto
  16. Paula
  17. Richard
  18. Shary
  19. Tomas
  20. Virginie
  21. Walter