Hurricane Oscar gains strength but still not threat to land


Hurricane Oscar, located in the central Atlantic, is moving westward with little change in strength, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Sunday. As of 10 p.m., the National Hurricane Center said Oscar was centered some 660 miles southeast of Bermuda and 645 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and moving west at 16 mph.

But Oscar is no threat to the USA and was deep in the Atlantic as of Sunday morning.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts. It will weaken and become a powerful extratropical low over the north-central Atlantic by late Wednesday, forecasters said.

The storm is moving north at 13 miles per hour.

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Oscar is the eighth hurricane this season, and is projected to take a north-northeasterly track over the next two days. Hurricane season runs through November 30.

Tropical Storm Oscar could become a hurricane later today.

Tthe Bermuda Weather Service said "moderate to strong winds and large swell at beaches are expected ton Tuesday as Hurricane Oscar passes to the distant east".