Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Epsilon upgraded to CAT 2; could become a major hurricane today

The National Hurricane Center advises that Hurricane Epsilon has continued to strengthen with maximum winds of 110 mph, with higher gusts, which places it at a category two on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Advisory 11 from the NHC which came around 12:45pm has advised that the hurricane is continuing to strengthen and could become a major hurricane later today.

At 2pm EST the eye of Hurricane Epsilon was located near latitude 29.4 North, longitude 59.7 West.

Epsilon is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north by Thursday night. On the forecast track, the center of Epsilon is forecast to make its closest approach to Bermuda Thursday afternoon or evening.

Some additional strengthening is possible this afternoon, followed by little change in strength or gradual weakening into the weekend.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 435 miles (705 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 959 mb (28.32 inches).

Tropical storm conditions are expected on Bermuda beginning later today and continuing intermittently through late Thursday.

Large swells generated by Epsilon are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the Leeward Islands, and are expected to reach portions of the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.

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