MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Tropical Storm Epsilon is meandering over the central Atlantic well to the southeast of Bermuda.
At 11 p.m. Monday, the center of the storm was 750 southeast of Bermuda.
Epsilon is drifting toward the north near 2 mph, and this general motion should continue tonight and early Tuesday.
A northwestward motion is expected to begin by Tuesday afternoon and continue through midweek.
Tropical storm Epsilon forms in the Atlantic, transitioning from an ocean low pressure system to a tropical one. Presently stationary, it's forecast to move northwest & strengthen. The wind field expected to be large & tropical storm conditions extend well beyond cone (outline) pic.twitter.com/SdUdfEGqOV
— Craig Setzer (@CraigSetzer) October 19, 2020
On the forecast track, Epsilon is forecast to approach Bermuda on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph with higher gusts.
Gradual strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Epsilon is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by Wednesday night.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles from the center.
Epsilon is the fifth storm to be named from the Greek alphabet.
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The National Hurricane Center had to turn to the Greek alphabet because there have been so many storms this 2020 season, it ran out of official names. There have been 25 named storms this season and Epsilon makes 26. 26.
The last time the Greek alphabet had to be used in an Atlantic hurricane season was in 2005, the most active season on record, which had 28 named storms, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.