Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

Subtropical Storm Oscar 2018 Spaghetti Models

The chance of formation into a tropical storm through 48 hours remains high - 90 percent - according to the NHC.

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 Bermuda Weather Service said the storm was moving west at about 19.5 mph with winds of more than 64 mph and gusts of 79 mph. Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour. Regardless of strength, Hurricane Oscar is not expected to be a threat to land. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Oscar is expected to make a transition to a tropical storm on Sunday.

Oscar is forecast to continue to strengthen through Monday night, then gradually weaken in the open Atlantic.

Subtropical storms have less defined and cooler centres than tropical storms. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11. In a forecast advisory, they said Oscar could become a hurricane as its track begins to curve toward the North Atlantic.

Thirty-five people have died in Florida and 10 died in other states.

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