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 2011:

  1. Arlene
  2. Bret
  3. Cindy
  4. Don
  5. Emily
  6. Franklin
  7. Gert
  8. Harvey
  9. Irene
  10. Jose
  11. Katia
  12. Lee
  13. Maria
  14. Nate
  15. Ophelia
  16. Philippe
  17. Rina
  18. Sean
  19. Tammy
  20. Vince
  21. Whitney