Coastal warnings discontinued as Epsilon moves away from Bermuda
Bermudians are breathing a collective sigh of relief as the country's Meteorological Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for the island.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, as Epsilon has veered off its projected course and is now moving northward, away from Bermuda.
The US National Hurricane Centre has advised, however, that large swells generated by Epsilon will affect Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.
At 5am AST, the centre of Hurricane Epsilon was located over the central Atlantic Ocean about 195 miles (310 km) east-northeast of Bermuda.
Epsilon is moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h). A generally northward motion with increasing forward speed is expected through early Saturday, with an even faster motion toward the northeast later that day.
The centre of Epsilon will continue to move away from Bermuda.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts.
Epsilon remains a large storm system. 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).
Some fluctuations in strength could occur for the next day or so before gradual weakening begins on Saturday.