Hurricane Oscar swirls over western Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Oscar Bermuda Oct 27 2018 NHC

This tropical disturbance will likely become the next named storm in the Atlantic

Oscar strengthened into a tropical storm late Saturday over open waters.

Hurricane Oscar has gained a little strength, but forecasters say the storm is curving away from land over the Atlantic Ocean. Oscar will be steered west until Monday when the storm system now impacting the U.S. East Coast blocks its progress. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

The storm was moving to the west at 12 miles per hour (19 kph).

Seven named storms became hurricanes this season. This storm is about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda with sustained winds of 75 mph.

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The estimated minimum central pressure is 970 mb (28.65 inches). The hurricane is forecast to accelerate toward the north-northeast or northeast during the next couple of days.

A front is still on track to push Oscar early this week and turn it quickly northeast before even reaching Bermuda.

The storm does not pose a threat to Florida or the U.S. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

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