Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Oscar strengthening, forecast to become hurricane later Sunday

Oscar strengthening, forecast to become hurricane later Sunday

The storm is moving west at 12 miles per hour.

But now a new low pressure system, centered about 900 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands in the central Atlantic, "is gradually becoming better defined", according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said Oscar is expected to become a hurricane Sunday as its track curves toward the North Atlantic.

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. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Oscar is expected to make a transition to a tropical storm on Sunday. By Tuesday, Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north or north-northeast with an increase in forward speed.

"The last season to produce a November named storm was past year, 2015". Hurricane season runs through November 30.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say a low-pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean has a 70 percent chance to form into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

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