Bermuda has been spared the worst of Hurricane Epsilon, which passed 200 miles to the east of the island and is heading , according to a report from Weather Underground.
However, Epsilon’s large size, at times, brought some tropical storm force wind gusts of just over 40 mph to Bermuda on Thursday, said the report, which was authored by weather.com meteorologists. (Weather.com is a sister company of Weather Underground, both of which are subsidiaries of IBM).
Epsilon intensified in the 24 hours ending 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, with winds increasing from 65 mph to 115 mph, said the report, adding that the storm subsequently was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane.
After passing Bermuda, Epsilon is heading northeast and will “speed up this weekend as it becomes caught up in the jet stream over the North Atlantic,” it added.
The remains of Epsilon are forecast to develop into “an intense non-tropical cyclone near Iceland early next week,” said the report, noting that it could bring strong winds to parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom and large waves to the coasts of Ireland, France and the Iberian Peninsula.
“Epsilon was the seventh Atlantic storm to rapidly intensify this season and the fourth major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. It also became the farthest east major hurricane so late in the season on record,” said the report, quoting Sam Lillo, a NOAA scientist based in Boulder, Colorado.
The report said there have been 26 storms this hurricane season, which has required the use of the Greek alphabet for additional named storms for only the second time. The record 2005 Atlantic hurricane season used up the first six letters of the Greek alphabet, but it took until the end of December for storm “Zeta” to form, said the Weather Underground report.
“One unnamed subtropical storm was found in post-analysis of the 2005 season, thus bringing that season’s record total to 28 storms,” it continued.
Source: Weather Underground
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