SUMMARY OF 200 PM AST…1800 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 675 MI…1085 KM ESE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.35 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Epsilon was located near latitude 27.2 North, longitude 55.4 West. Epsilon is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A northwestward motion with a similar forward speed is forecast over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Epsilon is forecast to move closer to Bermuda on Thursday and make its closest approach to the island on Friday.
Satellite-derived wind data indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (85 km/h) 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 Thursday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 300 miles (480 km), primarily to the north of the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 MB (29.35 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.
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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.