Hurricane Epsilon rapidly strengthens into Category 3 storm

Hurricane Epsilon has rapidly intensified into a major hurricane.

Forecasters on Wednesday afternoon said the Category 3 storm is likely to miss Bermuda on Thursday, yet its effects may still be felt there, so the island is under a tropical storm warning.

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With 115 mph winds, Epsilon gained 50 mph in wind speed in just 24 hours, officially qualifying as a rapidly intensifying storm. It is the seventh storm this season to power up this quickly.

Large swells generated by Epsilon are expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days.