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Low pressure system has 90% chance of becoming Tropical Storm Epsilon, hurricane center says

Paola Pérez

Orlando Sentinel

Oct 17, 2020 at 1:41 PM

National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center increased the odds of development on Saturday for a low pressure system in the mid-Atlantic with higher chances of becoming the next tropical depression or storm this season.

Hurricane specialists are also keeping their eye on a second system with low odds of development in the southwestern Caribbean Sea.

First, a non-tropical low pressure system is experiencing better organization and is located about 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, according to the NHC’s 2 p.m. update.

Forecasters expect some gradual tropical development from the system through the middle of next week. The system has a 80% chance of developing into the next tropical depression or tropical storm in the next two days, and a 90% chance of doing so in the next five.

Forecasters expect it to become a subtropical or tropical depression in the next few days as it moves to the southeast of Bermuda.

A second broad area of low pressure is predicted to emerge early next week in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. There is an expectation of some development as the system moves slowly northward or north-northwestward, the NHC said.

Forecasters give the system a 30% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm in the next five days.

Whichever system, if either, develops into a tropical storm, it would be the 26th named storm of the year and given the Greek letter Epsilon as its name.

The official last day of hurricane season is Nov. 30.

Paola Pérez can be reached at or on Twitter @pdesiperez.

Orlando Sentinel staff writer Joe Mario Pedersen contributed to this report.

Paola Pérez is a web producer for the Sentinel, working behind the scenes on the homepage and social media. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, she lived in Fort Myers, Florida, since 2003, and then went on to study journalism at the University of Central Florida. Paola also served as a reporter at the New York Times’ Student Institute.

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