Hurricane Oscar gaining strength in Atlantic, but poses no threat yet

Hurricane Oscar gaining strength in Atlantic, but poses no threat yet

Hurricane Oscar gaining strength in Atlantic, but poses no threat yet

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 5 a.m.

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "Oscar is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 miles per hour [19 km/h]".

The Tropical Storm Oscar has got upgraded into a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 kmph.

The system that became Hurricane Kate formed southeast of the Bahamas on November 8, 2015, noted the WeatherBug blog. "After that time, the system is forecast to turn westward well to the north or northeast of the Lesser Antilles through early next week".

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean usually starts from the month of June and lasts till November 30. Regardless of strength, Hurricane Oscar is not expected to be a threat to land. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Oscar is expected to make a transition to a tropical storm on Sunday. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Hurricane winds extend only 15 miles from the center, while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

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