Oscar Strengthens Into Tropical Storm

Oscar becomes 8th Atlantic hurricane of the season

The tropical storm is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday

"The last season to produce a November named storm was past year, 2015".

Tropical Storm Oscar continues to swirl in the Atlantic Ocean, but does not pose a threat to land.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts. The tropical depression that would eventually become Hurricane Kate formed southeast of the Bahamas on November 8th.

But forecasters said: “This system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”.

Oscar became a named system late Friday evening as a subtropical storm. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Forecasters said Oscar was developing a warmer core, indicating it would transition soon to a tropical storm. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

As of Thursday morning, what is designated as Disturbance 1 was about 900 miles east-northeast of the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands and still more than 2,000 miles from South Florida. "Some strengthening is expected during the next couple of days and Oscar is forecast to become a hurricane later today or tonight".

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