Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

Subtropical Storm Oscar 2018 Spaghetti Models

This tropical disturbance will likely become the next named storm in the Atlantic

Hurricane Oscar continues to churn and strengthen slightly in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it is not expected to be a threat to land.

Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), with higher gusts. Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour.

Subtropical Storm Oscar formed late Friday over open waters.

Thankfully the track of Oscar keeps it away from land in the coming days. Oscar could then become a hurricane by Monday night or Tuesday.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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Forecasters said Oscar was developing a warmer core, indicating it would transition soon to a tropical storm.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1, and it will end on November 30, the NHC said. If the forecast holds, Oscar would be the 8th Atlantic hurricane of 2018.

Hurricane Kate in 1985 formed on November 15 and did $300 million worth of damage and killed 15 people, according to reports.

During the afternoon on Thursday, shower activity associated with the low pressure system became more concentrated.

The storm also hit Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.

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