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Tropical Storm Epsilon to become hurricane by Thursday

Tropical Storm Epsilon continues to strengthen and will likely become a hurricane by early Thursday.

Epsilon, the 26th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h, slightly stronger than when it formed yesterday.

The system is stationary about 1,240 kilometres southeast of Bermuda as of this morning, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5:00 am update.

Epsilon is forecast to begin a slow northward motion tonight and will then make a northwestward move by Thursday.

Bermuda will be affected by large swells from Epsilon over the next several days, and likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

No coastal watches or warnings are yet in effect.

The storm is expected to remain well east of the Bahamas.