Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land”

Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour. A westward to west-southwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected today and tonight, followed by a reduction in speed on Sunday.

As of Thursday morning, what is designated as Disturbance 1 was about 900 miles east-northeast of the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands and still more than 2,000 miles from South Florida. Oscar will be steered west until Monday when the storm system now impacting the U.S. East Coast blocks its progress.

Forecasters expect Oscar to transition to a tropical storm by early next week.

Oscar became a named system late Friday evening as a subtropical storm.

Subtropical storms have less defined and cooler centres than tropical storms. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

The storm had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph).

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

A cyclone is a closed-circulation rotating storm that depending on its wind-speed intensity is classified, from weakest to strongest, as a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane.

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