Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land

Pablo Tucker
October 29, 2018

Oscar is still moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour.

Oscar is the 15th named storm of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that ends November 30. Oscar already packs sustained winds around 60 miles per hour. Additional strengthening is expected, and Oscar could become a hurricane after transitioning to a tropical storm later this weekend or early next week.

Thankfully the track of Oscar keeps it away from land in the coming days.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, according to the agency.

Forecasters at the Miami-based hurricane center say Oscar should continue westward during the night before beginning a turn toward the west-northwest. If the forecast holds, Oscar would be the 8th Atlantic hurricane of 2018.

As of Thursday morning, what is designated as Disturbance 1 was about 900 miles east-northeast of the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands and still more than 2,000 miles from South Florida. By Tuesday, Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north or north-northeast with an increase in forward speed.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1, and it will end on November 30, the NHC said.

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