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Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthens over the Atlantic

Today may be the last day of the 2005 Hurricane Season is over, but Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to take her ball and go home just yet. Tropical Storm Epsilon is puttering around the central Atlantic giving National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield something to do.

The 10AM EST advisory lists Epsilon winds of 65 mph and an estimated central pressure of 993 mb. While the pressure has not changed since yesterday, Epsilon is looking much better organized. The center of the storm is located 650 miles east of Bermuda and it is moving towards the west at 9 mph.

Visible satellite imagery clearly shows that the previously visible ragged eye-like structure has returned. Epsilon is show showing healthy banding and outflow in all quadrants. Infrared imagery also shows that deep convection has wrapped completely around the center of circulation, and Epsilon is a fairly symmetric system. However, Epsilon is only over water temperatures of 23-24 degrees C. Such Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) are barely warm enough to support additional strengthening. Epsilon should remain over these waters for the next two days before passing over cooler seas and transitioning to an extratropical storm.

The computer models are in excellent agreement on the storm's expected track and steer it clear of land. Epsilon is expected to continue on its current track for the next 24 hours and then curve to the north and pass safely out to sea.
0:Track Map
1:Visible Satellite Image
2:Infrared Satellite Image
3:Computer Models
4:Forecast Track and SSTs

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