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EPSILON Current Status

...EPSILON CONTINUES STRENGTHENING OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC...

Current Wind Speed 55 knots / 65 MPH

Max Predicted Wind Speed 75 knots / 85 MPH at

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EPSILON Watches and Warnings

Tropical Storm EPSILON Tropical Cyclone Update

Tropical Storm EPSILON Public Advisory

000
WTNT32 KNHC 202046
TCPAT2
 
BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Epsilon Advisory Number   7
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL272020
500 PM AST Tue Oct 20 2020
 
...EPSILON CONTINUES STRENGTHENING OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC...
 
 
SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...27.9N 55.8W
ABOUT 615 MI...995 KM ESE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH...100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...992 MB...29.30 INCHES
 
 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
 
None
 
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
 
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Bermuda
 
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
 
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.
 
 
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Epsilon was 
located near latitude 27.9 North, longitude 55.8 West. Epsilon is 
moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). This general 
motion is expected to continue tonight, followed by a slightly 
slower west-northwestward or northwestward motion on Wednesday and 
Thursday. On the forecast track, Epsilon is forecast to move closer 
to Bermuda on Thursday and make its closest approach to the island 
on Thursday night.
 
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) 
with higher gusts.  Additional strengthening is expected during the 
next couple of days, and Epsilon is forecast to become a hurricane 
tonight or early Wednesday.
 
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles (555 km), 
primarily to the north of the center.
 
The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb (29.30 inches).
 
 
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch
area by Thursday.
 
SURF:  Large swells generated by Epsilon are expected to affect
Bermuda for the next several days.  These swells are likely to
cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please
consult products from your local weather office.
 
 
NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM AST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.
 
$$
Forecaster Reinhart/Brown

Public Advisory not available for this storm.

Tropical Storm EPSILON Forecast Discussion

000
WTNT42 KNHC 202049
TCDAT2
 
Tropical Storm Epsilon Discussion Number   7
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL272020
500 PM AST Tue Oct 20 2020
 
Epsilons structure has greatly improved this afternoon. Deep 
convection is wrapped more tightly around the center, and a small 
central dense overcast is evident in recent satellite imagery. 
Overall, the cyclone appears better organized and more tropical in 
nature as it fends off weak to moderate deep-layer shear and some 
dry mid-level air in its surrounding environment. There are even 
some hints of an eye-like feature trying to develop in recent 
visible and microwave imagery. A 14Z ASCAT-B overpass showed several 
45-50 kt wind barbs in the northern semicircle of Epsilon, and its 
organization has improved since then. A T3.5 Dvorak classification 
from SAB supports raising the initial intensity to 55 kt with this 
advisory. Epsilon is a large cyclone with tropical-storm-force winds 
extending outward as far as 300 n mi in its northern semicircle.
 
The cyclone has accelerated northwestward today, and its estimated 
motion is a somewhat uncertain 320/12 kt. Epsilon should continue to 
move northwestward or west-northwestward for the next several days 
as it is steered by a mid-level ridge to its north and east. The 
tightly clustered guidance envelope has shifted slightly westward 
and is faster with the storm motion through about 72 h, and these 
trends are reflected in the official NHC track forecast. Epsilon is 
now forecast to make its closest approach to Bermuda late Thursday 
night before recurving ahead of an upper-level trough that should 
move over the western Atlantic this weekend. By day 5, Epsilon could 
be near the beginning of its extratropical transition as it races 
northeastward across the central Atlantic.
 
Epsilon has strengthened today despite some negative environmental 
factors including weak to moderate deep-layer shear and dry air 
noted in water vapor imagery along the southwestern periphery of the 
storm. Given recent satellite trends and little expected change in 
the environmental conditions during the next day or so, additional 
strengthening appears likely. The official NHC track forecast lies 
well above the guidance consensus in the near term and most closely 
follows the SHIPS output, which brings Epsilon to hurricane strength 
overnight. As the cyclone gains latitude and moves over waters with 
lower oceanic heat content beyond 48 h, the intensity is expected to 
level off, and the NHC forecast better aligns with the ICON and HCCA 
aids through the rest of the forecast period.

 
Key Message:
 
1. Epsilon is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength when it
makes its closest approach to Bermuda late Thursday or early 
Friday.  While it is too soon to determine the exact details of 
Epsilon's track and intensity near the island, tropical storm 
conditions are possible on Bermuda beginning Thursday with dangerous 
surf conditions also likely. 

 
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
INIT  20/2100Z 27.9N  55.8W   55 KT  65 MPH
 12H  21/0600Z 28.8N  57.8W   65 KT  75 MPH
 24H  21/1800Z 29.3N  59.6W   70 KT  80 MPH
 36H  22/0600Z 30.3N  60.5W   75 KT  85 MPH
 48H  22/1800Z 31.6N  61.2W   75 KT  85 MPH
 60H  23/0600Z 33.0N  61.6W   75 KT  85 MPH
 72H  23/1800Z 34.0N  61.8W   75 KT  85 MPH
 96H  24/1800Z 36.7N  60.7W   75 KT  85 MPH
120H  25/1800Z 42.0N  51.0W   70 KT  80 MPH
 
$$
Forecaster Reinhart/Brown

EPSILON storm path from NHC

Time Speed Location Status
55 knots 27.9, -55.8
65 knots 28.8, -57.8
70 knots 29.3, -59.6
75 knots 30.3, -60.5
75 knots 31.6, -61.2
75 knots 33.0, -61.6
75 knots 34.0, -61.8
75 knots 36.7, -60.7
70 knots 42.0, -51.0


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