Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

Gwen Vasquez
October 29, 2018

If the forecast holds, Oscar would be the 8th Atlantic hurricane of 2018.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say a low-pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean has a 70 percent chance to form into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. Storms become hurricanes at 74 miles per hour.

No coastal watches of warnings are in effect.

It had 75 mph maximum sustained winds that extended outward only 15 miles.

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A sub-tropical storm in the Atlantic was tonight upgraded to a storm. Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north and then the northeast by early next week. Additional strengthening is possible as well due to the warm waters and low wind shear directly above the storm. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11. The tropical depression that would eventually become Hurricane Kate formed southeast of the Bahamas on November 8th.

Subtropical storms have less defined and cooler centres than tropical storms.

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

The storm also hit Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.

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