ClimaCell, the world's leading All-in-One Weather Intelligence Platform™, tweeted that Tropical Storm Epsilon has now been upgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane, with maximum sustained winds at 115 miles per hour, marking the 10th hurricane of a jam-packed 2020 season, and the 26th named storm overall.
Though far from the Caribbean, the storm is powerful enough to generate large swells as far away as the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the Leeward Islands, along with Bermuda.
The NHC said that the hurricane is moving towards the west-northwest near 12 miles per hour and a west-northwestward motion at a slower forward speed is expected on Wednesday.
The ever-weakening Hurricane Epsilon will make its closest approach to Bermuda on Thursday.
The weakened hurricane skirted well east of Bermuda Thursday and is expected to accelerate as it tracks northeastward through the weekend. It was especially notable, as it roared from a named tropical storm to Category 4 hurricane in less than two days.
This Is 5th Time on Record We've Had 10 Hurricanes by Now
The Miami-based center said Epsilon was about 195 miles (314 kilometers) east-northeast of Bermuda at 5 a.m. Friday as it moved north at 7 mph (11 kph).
Epsilon became the 10th hurricane of 2020 in the Atlantic late Tuesday and has really ramped up in strength today. "These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".
As of today, towards the end of the season, there have been 26 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and five major hurricanes.
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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