Tropical Storm Oscar could become a hurricane today

Subtropical Storm Oscar Bermuda Oct 27 2018 BWS

Subtropical Storm Oscar Bermuda Oct 27 2018 BWS

Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour.

Oscar, the 15th named storm this season, was about 815 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and 780 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

But Tropical Storm Oscar, earlier said to be a potential threat to Bermuda, had altered track and was no longer viewed as a danger.

"Environmental conditions appear conducive for further development and this system will likely become a tropical or subtropical cyclone later today or tonight while it moves generally northward over the central Atlantic".

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. It is expected to turn towards the northwest on Monday and may rush across the north-central Atlantic by the middle of the week.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect. According to a forecast discussion, Oscar is moving over "sufficiently warm water" that would help make it stronger. If the forecast holds, Oscar would be the 8th Atlantic hurricane of 2018.

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