Forecasters: Hurricane Epsilon should sideswipe Bermuda

Epsilon Forecast To Become A Hurricane Approaching Bermuda

UPDATE (1:55 p.m. Wednesday): Hurricane Epsilon has strengthened again. That's after it quickly intensified and became a major Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday evening.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles (555 km) mainly to the north of the center.

This year's season has had so many storms that the hurricane centre has turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names.

While the core of Epsilon will remain well east of Bermuda, tropical storm conditions are expected there through Friday.

The hurricane had top winds of 115 miles per hour, which is up from 85 earlier today.

Epsilon Forecast To Become A Hurricane Approaching Bermuda

Small fluctuations in intensity are possible through this morning, but a weakening trend is expected to begin later today and continue into the weekend. Epsilon is forecast to move west-northwest for the rest of the week, before eventually turning on itself towards the east.

SURF: Large swells generated by Epsilon will affect Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days. Regardless, of development it will keep deep tropical moisture in place over extreme south Florida.

Coincidentally, the most active hurricane season on record was also in 2005, where 28 tropical cyclones formed, 15 of which evolved into hurricanes, including the infamous, highly destructive Hurricane Katrina.

A trough of low pressure located over the western Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms which primarily extend near Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba (marked with a yellow "X").

It could bring heavy rain to parts of Florida over the next few days, forecasters said.