In its latest bulletin, the NHC said a tropical storm warning has been issued for the British Overseas Territory as the storm is about 450 miles east south east of the island with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (mph).
Bermudians are breathing a collective sigh of relief as the country's Meteorological Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for the island.
But large ocean swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days, the hurricane centre warned.
Rough surf and a high threat of rip currents will linger through the weekend as Hurricane Epsilon passes well offshore, and swimming will be unsafe for all levels of swimmers throughout the Outer Banks.
Epsilon is no threat to the U.S. After passing east of Bermuda, Epsilon is forecast to turn more to the north and then the northeast and will head away from land and deeper into the Atlantic.
Forecasters said Epsilon should make its closest approach to Bermuda by Thursday afternoon or evening.
It said maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 miles per hour with higher gust and some additional strengthening is possible today, followed by little change in strength into the weekend.
Gradual weakening of the hurricane is expected into the weekend.
Epsilon remains a large storm system. It was the seventh storm this season to power up so quickly, reaching Category 3 status at one point.
Epsilon is the fifth letter of the Greek alphabet, which is being used because the National Hurricane Center ran out of traditional names on its list of storms that had been established for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
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