Hurricane Oscar Forms in Atlantic Ocean; No Threat to US

Hurricane Oscar formed over the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday but poses no threat to the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Oscar is the eight named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. As of the NHC’s 5 p.m. advisory, the storm was located about 725 miles southeast of Bermuda.

The hurricane is moving west at a speed of 16 mph with maximum sustained wind speeds of 75 mph.

“A continued westward motion is expected overnight, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest by early Monday, with a northwestward motion forecast on Monday afternoon,” the NHC said in a statement. “By Tuesday, Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north or north-northeast with an increase in forward speed. The hurricane is then expected to accelerate quickly toward the northwest through the middle of the week.”

Oscar is projected to strengthen for the next 48 hours but then is forecast to weaken gradually. Hurricane Oscar formed after officials increased the death toll due to Hurricane Michael, which devastated part of the Florida Panhandle.