Ophelia around the bend; Maria, Nate hanging out in the Atlantic By Gay Nagle Myers / September 06, 2005 Share 1 -- Mid-season updateWith the official Atlantic hurricane season just passing about the midway point -- the season spans from June 1 to Nov. 30 -- heres a recap of whats expected, according to noted hurricane expert at Colorado State University William Grays latest prediction: Grays revised prediction, which he made Sept. 2, is calling for 20 named storms and 10 hurricanes, six of which are expected to be Category 3 or higher, with wind speeds of 111 mph or more.On the name front, so far this year weve seen Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria and Nate. Still to come are Ophelia (just on the horizon), Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince and Wilma.By comparison, at the same time last year, Hurricane Ivan was wreaking havoc on the Caribbean before heading for the Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Otto -- the last storm of the 2004 season -- didnt form until Nov. 30.MIAMI -- Tropical depression 16 popped up about 180 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 6 and prompted a tropical storm warning along 120 miles of Floridas Atlantic coast, from Jupiter north of Palm Beach to Titusville near Cape Canaveral. The tropical depression could strengthen into Tropical Storm Ophelia by Sept. 7, with a threat of heavy rains over the next few days along the coast.Ophelia would be the 15th tropical storm of the 2005 season, according to the National Hurricane Center.Two other storms were in the open ocean on Sept. 6. Tropical Storm Nate was approximately 275 miles southwest of Bermuda and was expected to turn northeast later in the week.Meanwhile, Maria, the fifth hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, reached Category 3 strength on Sept. 5 but posed only a threat to shipping interests in the mid-Atlantic.To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to email@example.com.