The National Hurricane Center is tracking two systems in the Atlantic basin: Hurricane Epsilon and a broad trough of low pressure in the Caribbean that could become a tropical depression over the next couple of days.
The system in the Caribbean could bring locally heavy rain over southern Florida and the Keys over the weekend as chances for development continue to increase.
The next system to reach tropical storm strength, or have maximum sustained winds of 39 mph or greater, would be named Zeta.
Here’s the latest update from the NHC as of 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23:
What’s out there and where are they?
1. Hurricane Epsilon: Epsilon, a Category 1 hurricane, was just over 200 miles northeast of Bermuda Friday morning.
2. A broad trough of low pressure, located near Grand Cayman Island, is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms mainly east and south of the center.
- Formation chance through 48 hours: 50 percent
- Formation chance through 5 days: 60 percent
Who is likely to be impacted?
Trough of low pressure: This system has become much better organized since Thursday, and a tropical depression could form during the next couple of days while the low moves slowly toward the northwest.
This system is now anticipated to move near western Cuba this weekend and move slowly across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early next week.
Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall will be possible over portions of southern Florida and the Keys, Cayman Islands, Cuba and the northwestern Bahamas through the weekend.
Hurricane Epsilon: Large swells generated by Epsilon will affect Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands, the east coast of the United States, and Atlantic Canada during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Forecasters advise all residents to stay informed and be prepared during this very active hurricane season.
Details on Hurricane Epsilon
Maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph, with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in strength could occur for the next day or so before gradual weakening begins on Sunday. Epsilon could lose tropical characteristics late Sunday.
- Location: About 225 miles northeast of Bermuda
- Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph
- Present movement: north at 10 mph
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