Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land

Oscar Strengthens Into Tropical Storm

Subtropical Storm Oscar formed Friday evening in the open waters of the Central Atlantic Ocean. Oscar is still moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour.

The storm does not pose threat to Florida, U.S. "After that time, the system is forecast to turn westward well to the north or northeast of the Lesser Antilles through early next week". This system quickly strengthened and became a tropical storm on November 9th and a category 1 hurricane on November 11th. If Oscar reaches 74 miles per hour, it will designated as a hurricane. The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center forecasts Oscar to be a strong tropical storm by the end of the weekend and a hurricane early in the coming week.

Forecasters said Oscar is expected to become a hurricane Sunday as its track curves toward the North Atlantic. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

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Oscar is the 15th named storm of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that ends November 30.

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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