Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Tropical Storm Oscar strengthens but still no threat to land

Tropical Storm Oscar strengthens but still no threat to land

It is this hurricane season's 15th named storm.

Tropical Storm Oscar formed in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend, and the storm is forecast to churn around in the Atlantic while not posing any threat to land.

TS Oscar was said to be about 927 miles east south east of Bermuda at midnight.

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It had 75 mph maximum sustained winds that extended outward only 15 miles. Additional strengthening is possible as well due to the warm waters and low wind shear directly above the storm. The storm is moving west at 12 miles per hour.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect. "Near or just beyond 96 hours, the shear is forecast to increase substantially and Oscar should begin to make the transition to an extratropical cyclone". The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

Forecasters expect Oscar to become a hurricane later Sunday as its track curves toward the North Atlantic.

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The system "is gradually becoming better defined and the associated shower and thunderstorm activity is showing signs of organization", the Miami-based Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. advisory.

The storm does not pose threat to Florida, U.S.

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