Thursday 26 November, 2020

US Hurricane Centre: TS Epsilon likely to become a hurricane soon

A Tropical Storm Watch continues for Bermuda. 

According to the US National Hurricane Centre, tropical storm conditions are possible there by Thursday. 

Large swells generated by Epsilon are expected to affect Bermuda for the next several days, and these swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. 

Residents have been advised to consult products from your local weather office.

At 8pm AST, the centre of Tropical Storm Epsilon was located over the central Atlantic Ocean about 580 miles (935 km) east-southeast of Bermuda. 

Epsilon is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h).  This general motion is expected to continue tonight, followed by a slightly slower west-northwestward or northwestward motion on Wednesday and Thursday.  

On the forecast track, Epsilon is forecast to move closer to Bermuda on Thursday and make its closest approach to the island on Thursday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles (555 km), mainly to the north of the centre. 

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

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