Tropical Storm Oscar strengthens but still no threat to land

Subtropical Storm Oscar Bermuda Oct 27 2018 BWS

Subtropical Storm Oscar Bermuda Oct 27 2018 BWS

Hurricane Oscar continues to churn and strengthen slightly in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it is not expected to be a threat to land. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday afternoon that Oscar was centred about 925 miles (1,485 kilometres) east-southeast of Bermuda, and it was moving west at 17 mph (28 kph).

The storm has 70 miles per hour winds.

Hurricane Oscar is now the eighth hurricane in the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, according to the agency. "Oscar should remain in a moderate vertical shear environment ... for the next couple of days". Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north and then the northeast by early next week.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1, and it will end on November 30, the NHC said. The storm is continuing to transition from a hybrid storm to a full-fledged tropical system on Saturday night.

NHC forecasters say that a westward to west-southwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected today and tonight, followed by a reduction in speed on Sunday.

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