Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthens, could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthens in the Atlantic, could become hurricane

October 20, 2020 / 10:17 AM
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Active 2020 hurricane season could last months more

Active 2020 hurricane season could last month… The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, up slightly from when it formed hours earlier. National Hurricane Center said.The storm was centered Monday afternoon about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda and was stationary. Only four years in the satellite era (since 1966) have had at least 10 Atlantic hurricanes by October 21. If it does, it will be the 10th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season to date. pic.twitter.com/uRoENvlwM9— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 19, 2020

First published on October 20, 2020 / 10:17 AM 06:39

Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthened Monday morning in the central Atlantic, the latest in what has been a very active hurricane season. Only 4 years in the satellite era (since 1966) have had 10+ Atlantic hurricanes by October 21: 1969, 1995, 2005 and 2017. NOAA

Epsilon also represents a record for the earliest 26th named storm, beating out Nov. #Epsilon is forecast to become a #hurricane on Wednesday. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has racked up storms at breakneck speed. This season has had so many storms that the Hurricane Center had to turn to the Greek alphabet for storm names after running out of official names. 22 in 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.Klotzbach says if Epsilon becomes a hurricane by Wednesday, it will be the 10th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season to date. A slow northward motion is expected during the night, forecasters said, adding the storm was then expected to take a more northwestward track as it approaches Bermuda by Thursday. Tropical Storm Epsilon is seen on October 20, 2020 in this NOAA satellite image. Additional strengthening was expected and Epsilon was forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday, the U.S.