Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Oscar forecast to become hurricane later Sunday

Oscar forecast to become hurricane later Sunday

But Oscar is no threat to the USA and was deep in the Atlantic as of Sunday morning.

Oscar, which became a tropical storm Saturday, is strengthening and expected to become a hurricane later Sunday but land isn't threatened, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30 and usually peaks in mid-September. Officials at the hurricane center said it was about 815 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving slowly west, but was expected to turn northwest soon. "Winds of 40 mph or greater extend outward up to 115 miles [185 km] from the center".

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But Tropical Storm Oscar, earlier said to be a potential threat to Bermuda, had altered track and was no longer viewed as a danger.

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

Over the next few days, this storm will slowly begin turning toward the northeast.

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