Tropical Storm Is “Potential Threat To Bermuda”

October 19, 2020

[Updated] Tropical Depression 27 has formed over the central Atlantic and interests in “Bermuda should closely monitor the progress of this system,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Tweet from the NHC sent at around 9.00am this morning:

National Hurricane Center tweet Bermuda Oct 19 2020

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 800 AM AST [1200 UTC], the center of Tropical Depression Twenty-Seven was located near latitude 25.8 North, longitude 55.5 West.

“The depression is stationary and little overall motion is expected through tonight. A slow west-northwestward to northwestward motion should begin on Tuesday, and this motion should continue through midweek.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph [55 km/h] with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 72 hours, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today or tonight and be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday.”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

NHC Tropical Depression Twenty-Seven Oct 19 2020

Update 9.54am: Tropical Depression Twenty-Seven is a “potential threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours forecast to be 246 nm to the ESE at 9am on Thursday [Oct 22], with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

BWS Tropical Depression Twenty-Seven Oct 19 2020

Update 12pm: The NHC said that this has now strengthened into Tropical Storm Epsilon. The name Epsilon has been drawn from the Greek alphabet, as the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been so busy, all the names for the season have already been used.

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