Tropical Storm Epsilon Forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Epsilon Forms in Atlantic Ocean

Disaster Alert
October 19, 2020

Source: USA Today

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.

Tropical Storm Epsilon formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday and should reach hurricane strength by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of Monday afternoon, Epsilon had maximum sustained winds near 45 mph and was located about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda.

Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 72 hours, and the storm is forecast to approach Bermuda as a hurricane later this week.

“While it is too soon to determine the exact details of Epsilon’s track and intensity near the island, there is a risk of direct impacts from wind, rainfall and storm surge on Bermuda, and interests there should closely monitor the progress of Epsilon,” the Hurricane Center said.

Epsilon is not expected to impact the U.S. East Coast.

Another system in the Caribbean has a low chance for development over the next few days. However, “some gradual development of this system is possible late this week while it moves slowly northwestward or north-northwestward over the western Caribbean Sea,” the Hurricane Center said.

The strength or final track of this potential system remains highly uncertain, the Weather Channel said. “It’s too soon to know if this potential system will affect any other land areas in the long-term future,” the Weather Channel reported.

If it develops into a tropical storm, it would take on the name Zeta.

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