Depression strengthens into Epsilon

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 19, 2020—Tropical Depression 27 has now become the 26th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

This has become the second most active hurricane season on record, with 26 named storms.

In 2005, there were 31 systems recorded and 27 named storms, including Greek alphabet names Epsilon and Zeta.

Gradual strengthening of TS Epsilon is forecast during the next 72 hours and the storm is expected to be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are forecast to reach 90 mph, making Epsilon a category 1 storm.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Epsilon is stationary and little overall motion is expected through tonight.

A slow west-northwest to northwest motion should begin tomorrow and continue through midweek, according to the NHC.

Hurricane models show the system turning to the northeast and remaining in the Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Epsilon is not expected to have an impact on Florida or the United States.

Meanwhile, in the Caribbean Sea, the expected low pressure system has finally materialized.

The system is forecast to move slowly west toward the Yucatan Peninsula during the next day or two.

Chances for development have decreased to 10 percent.

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