Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land


Oscar became the eighth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season Sunday but was far out in the Atlantic and posing no threat to land. "Winds of 40 mph or greater extend outward up to 115 miles [185 km] from the center".

Spaghetti models are in general agreement that Oscar will move to the west-northwest to northwest over the next 48 hours followed by a hook to the north-northwest, then north, and ultimately continue on a northeasterly direction back over the open Atlantic.

Forecasters at the Miami-based hurricane center say Oscar has slowed down as it starts to turn north.

No coastal watches of warnings are in effect.

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Currently, Oscar is located more than 1,800 miles east of Jacksonville and is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph. In a forecast advisory, they said Oscar could become a hurricane as its track begins to curve toward the North Atlantic.

Oscar quickly grew from a tropical storm Saturday to a hurricane Sunday. Oscar already packs sustained winds around 60 miles per hour. According to a forecast discussion, Oscar is moving over "sufficiently warm water" that would help make it stronger.

Oscar is the eighth hurricane of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that ends November 30.