Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
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Oscar becomes hurricane but forecast to stay away from land

Oscar becomes hurricane but forecast to stay away from land

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Oscar was centered Sunday afternoon about 725 miles (1,165 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and had top sustained winds of about 75 mph (120 kph).

Oscar became the eighth hurricane of the Atlantic season on Sunday, but forecasters said it posed no threat to land, although Bermuda residents were told to expect rough seas in the days ahead.

Additional strengthening is forecast through Tuesday, with a gradual weakening forecast after.

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "Oscar is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 miles per hour [19 km/h]".

Oscar is the 15th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

At this time, there is still only one area of interest in the Atlantic Basin. Regardless of strength, Hurricane Oscar is not expected to be a threat to land.

"Most November tropical systems usually form in only one of two spots, the western Atlantic northeast of Cuba and in the southwestern Caribbean near the Central American coast".

The storm had top sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

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