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Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean

30 October 2018
Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean

If Oscar reaches 74 miles per hour, it will designated as a hurricane.

At 1100 a.m. AST (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Oscar was located near latitude 27.3 north, longitude 48.4 west.

Oscar became the eighth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season Sunday but was far out in the Atlantic and posing no threat to land.

The hurricane center expects Oscar to turn to the northwest and then north, which will keep it away from land.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Oscar was expected to continue in a westerly direction overnight, followed by a turn towards the west-northwest by early Monday, with a northwestward motion forecast on Monday afternoon.

Hurricane winds extend only 15 miles from the center, while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

A Small Craft Warning was expected to remain in effect through Tuesday night. This storm is about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda with sustained winds of 75 mph. According to a forecast discussion, Oscar is moving over "sufficiently warm water" that would help make it stronger.