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Epsilon Strengthens to Hurricane, Is No Threat to Land

Forecast cone of Hurricane Epsilon
National Hurricane Center

Epsilon strengthened to a hurricane late Tuesday but remains no threat to land.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was centered 545 miles east of Bermuda. It was moving northwest at 13 mph.

The system will then turn to the north and northeast this week and should remain well east of the Bahamas. A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for the area.

This year's hurricane season has had so many storms that the Hurricane Center has turned to the Greek alphabet for storm names after running out of official names.

Epsilon also represents a record for the earliest 26th named storm, beating out Nov. 22 in 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

NBC 6 and Associated Press
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