Tropical Storm Epsilon has been upgraded to a hurricane, a record 14th for this year.

Forecasters said Friday that Epsilon is east of Bermuda and is not expected to hit land.

The six-month hurricane season officially ended November 30, the busiest period on record. With 26 named storms, forecasters used up their list of designated names and resorted to marking the storms with letters of the Greek alphabet.

The season was also unusually intense. Three hurricanes briefly reached the most violent Category Five status, with Katrina devastating New Orleans and other parts of the U.S. Gulf coast.

Some experts believe the intensity marks the beginning of a cycle expected to last more than a decade.