Friday 4 December, 2020

Hurricane Epsilon, category 3, makes a "wobbly" turn

In an early Thursday morning tweet, the NHC advised that Hurricane Epsilon, currently still a category 3, has made a "wobbly" turn towards the Northwest.

Hurricane Epsilon intensified to a "major" Category 3 storm on Wednesday, picking up 50 mph in wind speed in 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 2am EST, the center of Hurricane Epsilon was located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 60.5 West.

"Epsilon has been "wobbling" during the past few hours," said the NHC, "but its longer-term motion is now toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h)."

This northwestward motion is expected to continue today. The hurricane is forecast to turn toward the north-northwest late today and toward the north on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Epsilon is forecast to make its closest approach to Bermuda later this evening.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts.

Small fluctuations in intensity are possible through this morning, but a weakening trend is expected to begin later today and continue 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 345 miles (555 km) mainly to the north of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 953 mb (28.15 inches).

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