FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical Storm Epsilon formed in the Atlantic basin on Monday, October 19, 2020.
It strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday evening.
Epsilon is the 10th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
As of Tuesday evening, Epsilon is churning in the Atlantic approximately 545 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.
#Epsilon is now a #hurricane - the 10th of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to date. Only 4 other years in the satellite era (since 1966) have had 10+ Atlantic hurricanes by October 20: 1969, 1995, 2005 and 2017. pic.twitter.com/hRwxiQjPVN
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 21, 2020
It is forecast to move closer to Bermuda on Thursday and make its closest approach east of the island on Friday.
Epsilon will take a sharp turn away from the United States and die out in the Atlantic.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 21, 2020
While it is not a threat to the U.S., it will help generate high surf along the East Coast late in the week.
Epsilon is the 26th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season beating the previous storm record of November 22, 2005.
#Epsilon has formed in central subtropical Atlantic - the earliest 26th Atlantic named storm formation on record. Prior record was November 22, 2005 (Delta). Additional storm in October 2005 added after the season, which is why Epsilon breaking record set by Delta. #hurricane pic.twitter.com/NeyB1l6yrD
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 19, 2020
The 2020 season could become the most active since 2005 when there were 28 named storms.
Hurricane season ends November 30.