FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Tropical Storm Epsilon, the earliest 26th-named storm on record in the Atlantic, continues strengthening in the central Atlantic Ocean, according to Tuesday's 5 p.m. advisory.
The National Hurricane Center said Epsilon's structure "greatly improved" Tuesday afternoon and there are even hints of an eyelike feature starting to develop.
Epsilon, which isn't expected to threaten South Florida or anywhere else in the United States, now has sustained winds of 65 mph, which is 15 mph stronger than Tuesday morning.
It's on track to become the season's 10th hurricane by Tuesday night or early Wednesday, roughly a day earlier than Tuesday's previous forecasts predicted.
Epsilon is located 615 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. It's moving northwest at 13 mph, a 1 mph increase from the 2 p.m. advisory.
"This general motion is expected to continue tonight," the NHC said, "followed by a slightly slower west-northwestward or northwestward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, Epsilon is forecast to move closer to Bermuda on Thursday and make its closest approach to the island on Thursday night."
Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles, primarily to the north of the center.
The NHC has issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
The busy 2020 hurricane season is rivaling the 2005 season, which had a record 27 named storms and a record total of 28 storms.
"One unnamed subtropical storm was found in post-analysis of the 2005 season, thus bringing that season's record total to 28 storms," according to The Weather Channel.