Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthens into Category 1 hurricane with 90 miles per hour winds

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 24, 2020

The Category 3 storm is packing top sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph) and Bermuda remains under a tropical storm warning. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, October 22, 2020, that indicates that another system may form into a tropical cyclone off the coast of Florida within the next 5 days in addition to Tropical Storm Epsilon. But that doesn't mean the U.S. is in the clear.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 miles per hour (155 km/h) with higher gusts.

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.

UPDATE (1:55 p.m. Wednesday): Hurricane Epsilon has strengthened again. While the National Hurricane Center is eyeing an area of storminess for development in the southwest is now in the southwestern Caribbean.

Hurricane Epsilon forecast track
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"Tropical moisture will stream well north of the storm and interact with an approaching cold front", says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

The hurricane itself will stay far out to sea as it moves south of Atlantic Canada. The current record for the most active season was set in 2005, which went as far as Zeta, named for the sixth letter in the Greek alphabet after the traditional name list was exhausted. Additional weakening is forecast to take place during the next few days.

A pre-season forecast initially predicted around 15 named storms, including seven hurricanes and four major hurricanes. That made it the fastest strengthening storm since the mid 19th Century. It was the seventh storm this season to power up so quickly, reaching Category 3 status at one point.

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