Epsilon Rapidly Strengthens Into Major Hurricane Over Central Atlantic


The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Epsilon continued to "defy expectations" in rapidly intensifying to a category 3 hurricane with maximum winds of 115 miles per hour.

Epsilon is now the fourth major hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season.

A tropical storm warning is in place for Bermuda. Epsilon is forecast to pass east of the island, which will still feel impacts from the storm's large wind field.

"Large swells generated by Epsilon are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the Leeward Islands, and are expected to reach portions of the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days," said the National Hurricane Center. "These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

The National Hurricane Center is also watching an area of low pressure extending across the Caribbean Sea producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

"Any development of this system is expected to be slow over the next several days as the system passes near western or central Cuba, the Florida Straits, and the Bahamas," said the NHC. "Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible in those areas and South Florida at times through the weekend."

The Gulf Coast is not at risk from either of these systems.