Hurricane Oscar swirls over western Atlantic

Hurricane Oscar swirls over western Atlantic

Hurricane Oscar swirls over western Atlantic

Hurricane Oscar is now the eighth hurricane in the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Oscar, located in the central Atlantic, is moving westward with little change in strength, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said yesterday. The storm is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h).

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that Oscar was centered about 815 miles (1,310 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda, and it was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).

Forecasters at the Miami-based hurricane center say Oscar "is expected to accelerate quickly toward the northeast through the middle of the week".

Oscar is forecast to continue to strengthen through Monday night, then gradually weaken in the open Atlantic.

Subtropical storms have less defined and cooler centres than tropical storms. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Monday.

It had 75 mph maximum sustained winds that extended outward only 15 miles.

The Atlantic hurricane season typically peaks in September and October, but major storms do sometimes form in November.

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