Thursday 26 November, 2020

Epsilon is a Category 1 hurricane

Hurricane Epsilon has strengthened to a Category 1 storm as it continues to move toward Bermuda, threatening the island with dangerous swells.

The storm is forecast to approach but stay east of Bermuda, where its powerful winds could still be felt and have prompted a Tropical Storm Watch. On the forecast track, the center of Epsilon is forecast to make its closest approach to Bermuda Thursday afternoon or evening.

"While it is too soon to determine the exact details of Epsilon's track and intensity near the island, tropical storm conditions are possible on Bermuda beginning Thursday with dangerous surf conditions also likely," said the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

At 500 AM EST, the center of Hurricane Epsilon was located near latitude 28.9 North, longitude 58.3 West. Epsilon is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this motion at a slower forward speed is expected through today.

A turn toward the northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north by Thursday night.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible today, followed by little change in strength 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) mainly to the north of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 976 mb (28.82 inches).

The NHC advises that dangerous surf and rip currents are likely on Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, Leeward Islands, east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days.

Epsilon, which formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, is now the 10th Atlantic hurricane this year and the 26th named storm of the hurricane season.

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