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Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in the Atlantic

Tomorrow is officially the last day of the hurricane season. However, you could never tell it by looking at the tropics right now. Tropical Storm Epsilon has just become the 26th tropical storm in what the National Hurricane Center is calling "the apparently never ending 2005 Atlantic hurricane season."

Its initial advisory lists Epsilon with winds of 45 mph and a central pressure of 993 mb. Epsilon is located 845 miles east of Bermuda and is moving west at about 8 mph. This track is expected to curve to the northeast and is based on the computer model consensus. Intensification to near hurricane strength is expected before Epsilon transitions to an extratropical storm.

Infrared satellite imagery is showing a sufficient amount of deep convection near the well-defined center of circulation to call this system a tropical storm. Visible satellite imagery seems to be showing an eye-like feature even though winds are not yet thought to be near hurricane force. Epsilon is located over waters of about 25 degrees Celsius, which are marginally warm enough to support a minimal hurricane.0:NHC forecast track1:Infrared satellite2:Visible satellite3:Model tracks

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