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Hurricane Epsilon Advisory Number  12
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL272020
500 PM AST Wed Oct 21 2020

...EPSILON RAPIDLY INTENSIFIES INTO A MAJOR HURRICANE OVER THE 
CENTRAL ATLANTIC...


SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...29.6N 60.0W
ABOUT 340 MI...545 KM ESE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...955 MB...28.20 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Bermuda

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Epsilon was located 
near latitude 29.6 North, longitude 60.0 West. Epsilon is moving 
toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this general motion 
is expected to continue through Thursday. The hurricane is forecast 
to turn toward the north-northwest or north by Thursday night. On 
the forecast track, the center of Epsilon is forecast to make its 
closest approach to Bermuda Thursday afternoon or evening.

Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that 
maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) 
with higher gusts. Epsilon is a category 3 hurricane on the 
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some small fluctuations in 
intensity are possible tonight. Gradual weakening is forecast to 
begin on Thursday and continue into the weekend.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 450 miles
(720 km) mainly to the north of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 955 mb (28.20 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected on Bermuda beginning
this evening and continuing intermittently through late Thursday.

SURF:  Large swells generated by Epsilon are affecting Bermuda, the
Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the Leeward Islands, and are
expected to reach portions of the east coast of the United States
and Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days.  These swells
are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM AST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.

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Forecaster Reinhart/Blake