Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

NHC forecasters say that a westward to west-southwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected today and tonight, followed by a reduction in speed on Sunday. It is expected to turn towards the northwest on Monday and may rush across the north-central Atlantic by the middle of the week.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Oscar was centered Sunday afternoon about 725 miles (1,165 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and had top sustained winds of about 75 mph (120 kph). It was moving west at 12 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour.

Oscar is the 15th named storm this season, the 7th storm to be subtropical.

Tropical Storm Oscar continues to swirl over the Atlantic Ocean, but it does not pose any threat to land. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

Systems have a better chance of surviving and developing in the locations because water temperatures haven't cooled off below the 80 degrees Fahrenheit threshold storms need to form and grow, and wind shear often remains low in November.

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