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06/30/2010 02:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

2010 Hurricane Names: Complete List Of This Year's Hurricanes, Tropical Storms

Every year, there is a pre-approved list of tropical storm and hurricane names, and 2010 is no different.

The tradition of naming hurricanes is centuries old, particularly in the West Indies, where hurricanes were named after patron saints for the days they occurred.

Today the World Meteorological Center decides on a list of names each year, one for every letter of the alphabet except X, Y and Z.

The first Atlantic hurricane of the 2010 season has already formed, and it has been dubbed Hurricane Alex.

Here is the complete list of hurricane names (and tropical storm names) for 2010:

Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Igor
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tomas
Virginie
Walter

If more names are needed, the list would based on the Greek alphabet.