Hurricane Oscar gaining strength in Atlantic, but poses no threat yet

Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles, the NHC said.

Oscar became the eighth hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season Sunday but was far out in the Atlantic and posing no threat to land. Oscar is still moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect. 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.

The Bermuda Weather Service said the storm was moving west at about 19.5 mph with winds of more than 64 mph and gusts of 79 mph.

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The global models have come into much better agreement on Oscar's eventual recurvature and acceleration, and confidence in the NHC track forecast has increased.

The storm is continuing to transition from a hybrid storm to a full-fledged tropical system on Saturday night.

Oscar became a named system late Friday evening as a subtropical storm.

The system is expected to move generally northward during the next couple of days, according to the forecast.

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