Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
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Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean

At the center's 8 a.m. Thursday advisory, the system's shower and thunderstorm activity showed enough signs of organization to give forecasters confidence to predict an 80 percent likelihood formation of a tropical storm in the next five days. Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour.

Oscar strengthened into a tropical storm late Saturday over open waters. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

NHC forecasters say Oscar will continue a westward motion until Tuesday when it will turn north or northeast with an increase in forward speed but diminished strength as it heads away from the United States and Caribbean. Storms become hurricanes at 74 miles per hour. The storm is continuing to transition from a hybrid storm to a full-fledged tropical system on Saturday night.

The storm does not pose threat to Florida, U.S.

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.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1, and it will end on November 30, the NHC said. Tropical Storm Nadine was no threat to land earlier this month.

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