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Weakened Epsilon remains ʽpotential threat’

The forecast path of Hurricane Epsilon as of 3pm on Thursday. (Graphic from the Bermuda Weather Service)

Hurricane Epsilon continued to weaken this morning, but is still considered a potential threat to the island.

The Bermuda Weather Service’s latest update said the storm had weakened to a Category 1 hurricane, but a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the island.

The BWS said: “Showers with tropical storm force winds will intermittently occur into Friday and then gradually ease thereafter as Epsilon exits to the north.

“Hazardous to dangerous seas and surf can be expected over the next several days.”

The hurricane was 215 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and expected to pass about 182 miles to the island’s east at 2am tomorrow morning.

The US-based National Hurricane Centre said in its 3pm update: “Epsilon is moving toward the north-northwest near 8 mph. This general motion is expected today, followed by a northward motion tonight through Friday night and an acceleration toward the northeast over the weekend.”

“On the forecast track, the centre of Epsilon is forecast to make its closest approach to, but well to the east of, Bermuda later this evening.

“Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 90mph with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in intensity are expected during the next couple of days, with weakening by early next week.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 310 miles.”

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Published October 22, 2020 at 3:19 pm (Updated October 22, 2020 at 11:50 pm)

Weakened Epsilon remains ʽpotential threat’

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