Hurricane Epsilon Weakens, Expected to Move East of Bermuda

MIAMI—Hurricane Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds dropped Thursday as it moved northwest over the Atlantic Ocean on a path expected to skirt just east of Bermuda. Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds ebbed by Thursday afternoon to 85 mph, dropping it from a Category 2 to a Category 1 storm. But the hurricane swirled near enough to Bermuda that the National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for the island. The Miami-based center said Epsilon was centered at 5 p.m. EDT about 200 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. It was moving to the north-northwest at 9 mph. Forecasters said Epsilon should make its closest approach to Bermuda by Thursday evening and could produce tropical storm conditions around the island during the night hours. Gradual weakening is expected into the weekend. But large ocean swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada during …