Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

Tropical Storm Oscar became Hurricane Oscar, officials with the National Hurricane Center said on October 28.

Hurricane winds extend only 15 miles from the center, while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Oscar was expected to continue in a westerly direction overnight, followed by a turn towards the west-northwest by early Monday, with a northwestward motion forecast on Monday afternoon. The Atlantic basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Oscar quickly grew from a tropical storm Saturday to a hurricane Sunday. Hurricane season runs through November 30.

This system stands a chance to strengthen further into a Category 2 hurricane due to warm water and low wind shear over the Central Atlantic. Oscar could then become a hurricane by Monday night or Tuesday.

The storm was moving to the west at 12 miles per hour (19 kph).

Over the next few days, this storm will slowly begin turning toward the northeast.

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