Hurricane Epsilon has already risen to Category 3 ‘Major Hurricane’

Hurricane Epsilon has already risen to category 3 and is expected to make landfall. A “major hurricane” is considered to be C...

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  • Hurricane Epsilon has already risen to category 3 and is expected to make landfall.
  • A “major hurricane” is considered to be Category 3 and above.
  • It will pass very close to Bermuda with “potentially deadly” winds and storm surge, the National Hurricane Center has said.

Hurricane Epsilon became a Category 3 “major hurricane” this Wednesday afternoon with maximum winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km / h) on its way to the North Atlantic and will pass east of the Bermuda Islands.

Then, in an unexpected twist, he will lose the strength to direct his fury at Europe.

At 8:00 p.m. ET (00:00 GMT), its center was located 315 miles (510 km) southeast of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.

It likely won’t touch Bermuda, but they could feel its effects, so a tropical storm watch was issued for the archipelago. The Epsilon center is forecast to make a “zoom” into Bermuda Thursday afternoon or evening.

With winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 miles per hour), Epsilon gained 80 km / h (50 mph) in wind speed in just 24 hours, officially qualifying as a rapidly intensifying storm. It is the seventh of the season to gain hurricane strength so quickly.

Over the past two decades, meteorologists have been increasingly concerned about storms escalating out of nowhere to pose a major threat, as in the case of Epsilon.

They created an official threshold for this dangerous and rapid intensification: a storm that gains 56 km / h (35 mph) in wind speed in just 24 hours.

Epsilon is expected to make its closest approach to Bermuda on Thursday afternoon or evening, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Residents have been urged to be very vigilant about the meteor.

Epsilon major hurricane, rose to category 3 and takes an unexpected turn

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Epsilon major hurricane, rose to category 3 and takes an unexpected turn

The Epsilon storm surge was already beginning to affect Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles and the Leeward Islands, and is forecast to create dangerous surf and surf conditions along the New England coast and the Canadian coast in the Atlantic in the next few days.

Epsilon was located about 340 miles (545 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda, and was moving northwest at 10 mph (17 km / h), the Miami-based NHC reported.

Epsilon major hurricane, rose to category 3 and takes an unexpected turn

With respect to the first hours of this Wednesday, his travel speed has decreased and is now 10 miles per hour (17 km / h).

The private weather service AccuWeather, which offers real-time monitoring, shows that Epsilon has moved to category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which measures these phenomena by the strength of its winds.

The Epsilon winds may even strengthen before tomorrow is near Bermuda. Tonight the hurricane will turn northwest and then north.

According to the trajectory pattern, Epsilon will pass through the east of Bermuda but without touching it and days later it will dissipate in the North Atlantic far from the American continent.

The strong swell produced by this system is already affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles and the Leeward Islands and is expected to reach the east coast of the US and Canada in the coming days.

Epsilon major hurricane, rose to category 3 and takes an unexpected turn

After that, it will strengthen and next week it may affect northwestern Europe. It will reach southern Greenland and Iceland in the next few days, but first, it will pass very close to Bermuda with “potentially deadly” winds and swells, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has said.

Epsilon major hurricane, rose to category 3 and takes an unexpected turn

The models suggest, for now, that we will see a storm (exEpsilon) very potent hitting Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland and the UK early next week.

This year’s hurricane season has seen so many storms that the NHC has turned to the Greek alphabet to name them after running out of options on the official list.

With Epsilon, there are ten hurricanes formed this season, of which the largest was Laura, which made landfall in Louisiana at the end of August and caused at least 77 deaths and damages of 14.1 billion dollars throughout its journey.

The previous Epsilon hurricane, Delta, also made landfall in Louisiana, in this case on October 9.

This hurricane season, which officially ends on November 30, is the second most active in records. Only in 2005 were more storms and hurricanes recorded.

Epsilon is the name of a letter in the Greek alphabet. Greek letters are used to refer to storms and hurricanes when the list of 21 names that the International Meteorological Organization draws up for each cyclonic season is exhausted.

In 2005, the year of powerful Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, there was an Epsilon storm.

With information from Agencia EFE and Associated Presss

Epsilon major hurricane, rose to category 3 and takes an unexpected turn

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