Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Epsilon loses intensity, Bermuda still braced for bad weather

Hurricane Epsilon has dropped in intensity but according to Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, Tropical Storm conditions are still expected in Bermuda today.

Tropical storm conditions are expected intermittently there through this evening. 

At 8am AST, the centre of Hurricane Epsilon was located about 235 miles (385 km) east-southeast of Bermuda. 

Epsilon has been wobbling toward the west recently, but its longer-term motion is toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h).  

A turn toward the north-northwest is expected later today, followed by a northward motion tonight through Friday night, and an acceleration toward the northeast on Saturday.  

On the forecast track, the centre of Epsilon is forecast to make its closest approach to, but well to the east of, Bermuda later this
evening.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 310 miles (500 km). 

Slow weakening is forecast to take place during the next few days.

Large swells generated by Epsilon will affect Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days. 

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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