Friday, 16 November, 2018

Tropical Storm Oscar strengthens but still no threat to land

This tropical disturbance will likely become the next named storm in the Atlantic This tropical disturbance will likely become the next named storm in the Atlantic
Doris Mccormick | 29 October, 2018, 15:14

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

The system "is gradually becoming better defined and the associated shower and thunderstorm activity is showing signs of organization", the Miami-based Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. advisory.

Spaghetti models are in general agreement that Oscar will move to the west-northwest to northwest over the next 48 hours followed by a hook to the north-northwest, then north, and ultimately continue on a northeasterly direction back over the open Atlantic.

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According to the National Hurricane Center, additional strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Oscar is expected to make a transition to a tropical storm on Sunday. Hurricane season runs through November 30. The peak of hurricane season is late August to early September, but early October also can see many hurricanes, AccuWeather noted. They can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. The tropical depression that would eventually become Hurricane Kate formed southeast of the Bahamas on November 8th.

Hurricane Kate in 1985 formed on November 15 and did $300 million worth of damage and killed 15 people, according to reports.

The storm does not pose threat to Florida, U.S.

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