Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Hurricane Oscar gains strength but still not threat to land

Subtropical Storm Oscar Bermuda Oct 27 2018 NHC This tropical disturbance will likely become the next named storm in the Atlantic
Theresa Hayes | 30 October, 2018, 15:24

Oscar already packs sustained winds around 60 miles per hour. By Tuesday, the storm is expected to start speeding north-northeast over open waters. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday morning that Oscar was centred about 1,040 miles (1,675 kilometres) east-southeast of Bermuda, and it was moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

Forecasters at the Miami-based hurricane center say Oscar has slowed down as it starts to turn north.

Oscar became a named system late Friday evening as a subtropical storm.

The hurricane is the eighth of the Atlantic hurricane season and formed far out in the western Atlantic, with wind speeds of up to 80 miles per hour detected. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Oscar is expected to make a transition to a tropical storm on Sunday.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30, the center said.