Hurricane Epsilon strengthens despite cool waters

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  • Sunday, 04 Dec 2005

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Epsilon, the 14th hurricane of a record-breaking Atlantic storm season, defied expectations it would weaken over cool Atlantic waters and strengthened on Saturday as it churned slowly eastward. 

Epsilon's maximum sustained winds reached 80 mph by 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), comfortably over the threshold for a tropical storm to be categorized as a hurricane, and it was about 930 miles west of Portugal's Azores islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. 

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