Epsilon now Category 2, could become major hurricane today
A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Bermuda as Hurricane Epsilon continues to intensify.
The National Hurricane Centre has advised that Tropical storm conditions are expected later today and could continue intermittently through late Thursday.
At 2pm AST, the centre of Hurricane Epsilon was located over the central Atlantic Ocean about 365 miles (585 km) east-southeast of Bermuda.
Epsilon is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north by Thursday night.
On the forecast track, the centre of Epsilon is forecast to make its closest approach to Bermuda Thursday afternoon or evening.
An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft has found that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts - a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 435 miles (705 km).
Some additional strengthening is possible this afternoon, followed by little change in strength or gradual weakening into the weekend.
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.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.