Storm season could be one for record books By Gay Nagle Myers / September 08, 2005 Share 1 -- If you must know ...As noted before, William Gray, noted hurricane expert at Colorado State University 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. So far this year, weve seen 15 named storms and six hurricanes, four of which have been in the major classification. If you want to get technical, three of those major hurricanes, could even be considered super major, as they were Category 4 or higher: Dennis, Emily, and of course, Katrina, which reached Category 5 status at one point with winds topping 175 mph.On the name front, so far this year Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate and Ophelia have already come and gone. So if Grays prediction of 20 named storms holds true, that leaves just Wilma out in the cold -- making up the rest of the cool 20 named storms list would be Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy and Vince.MIAMI -- Two hurricanes named Maria and Nate and one tropical storm named Ophelia churned and swirled simultaneously in the Atlantic from the east coast of Florida north to Bermuda on Sept. 7 and 8, lending further credence to this hurricane season 2005 being one of the busiest, most active, costliest and deadliest. Even as evacuations continued along the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina, the National Hurricane Center eyed the brisk winds (reaching around 50 mph) and bands of rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia as she moved along the north Florida coast.High winds and rain are predicted over the next few days as Ophelia meanders over the central and northern portions of the state. At last check, Ophelia was nearly stationary and just hanging out about 80 miles off the Florida coast near Cape Canaveral with a slow strengthening possible.Meanwhile, Hurricane Nate, a Category 1 hurricane with winds topping 85 mph, lurked about 200 miles southwest of Bermuda and was expected to make it closest approach to Bermuda during the day on Thursday. Heavy rain and some flooding were predicted.Hurricane Maria, also a Category 1 storm with winds hitting around 80 mph, moved across the North Atlantic and posed no threat to land.To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Cruise lines alter itineraries for OpheliaPORT CANAVERAL -- Several cruise lines are shifting ships from the port here this week to avoid Tropical Storm Ophelia. Carnivals Fantasy will conclude its current cruise in Fort Lauderdale, instead of in Port Canaveral, on Sept. 8. Passengers will be provided bus transportation from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral and the Orlando Airport.The Fantasy enters a previously scheduled maintenance period, so new passengers will not need to be reaccommodated in Fort Lauderdale.The Disney Wonder, meanwhile, also will conclude its current cruise on Sept. 8 in Fort Lauderdale. The ship is expected to depart Fort Lauderdale Sept. 8 on a three-day cruise and return to Port Canaveral, as scheduled, on Sept. 11.Disney said its reservations agents were contacting passengers and making arrangements for them to get to Fort Lauderdale.The Grandeur of the Seas will not make a scheduled port call in Port Canaveral on Sept. 9, Royal Caribbean said. The ship will spend the day at sea instead and sail around Ophelia on its way back to Baltimore.To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Rebecca Tobin at email@example.com.