Coastal warnings discontinued as Epsilon moves away from Bermuda

Pablo Tucker
October 24, 2020

Hurricane Epsilon remains a Category 1 hurricane this evening as it skirts the island of Bermuda in the Atlantic. The storm is expected to track east of Bermuda, which is under a tropical storm watch, on Thursday. But that doesn't mean the USA is in the clear.

NHC forecasters say that some slow development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves northeastward near western or central Cuba, the Straits of Florida, and the Bahamas through the weekend. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 255 miles (405 km).


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

Strengthening is expected to occur during the next couple of days, and Epsilon is forecast to become a hurricane tonight or early Wednesday.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the Hurricane Center warned.

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

2020 has seen an overall increase in both predicted and actual storm systems and hurricanes. However, it is expected to continue moving towards warmer sea temperatures, although these waters' surface heat is also expected to drop within the next 48-36 hours, likely weakening Epsilon as they do. It's also 2020′s 26th named storm, and there's still more than five weeks to go until the hurricane season officially ends on November 30.

Epsilon is the fifth letter of the Greek alphabet, which is being used because the National Hurricane Center ran out of traditional names on its list of storms that had been established for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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