Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Oscar forecast to become hurricane later Sunday

Oscar forecast to become hurricane later Sunday

Subtropical Storm Oscar formed late Friday over open waters.

But Oscar is no threat to the US and was deep in the Atlantic as of Sunday morning.

Hurricane Oscar has gained a little strength, but forecasters say the storm is curving away from land over the Atlantic Ocean. It was moving southwest at 12 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km).

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Oscar is the 15th named storm of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that ends November 30.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 970 mb (28.65 inches).

Tropical Storm Oscar could become a hurricane later today. "On a rare occasion, storms that form near the Central America coast can track north into the Gulf of Mexico and turn to the northeast toward Florida", it stated.

The Atlantic hurricane season typically peaks in September and October, but major storms do sometimes form in November. However, deadly hurricanes can form anytime during this season.

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