Oscar strengthens into Atlantic season’s 8th hurricane, no threat to land

Hurricane center monitors disturbance in Atlantic

Oscar is the 15th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour.

NHC forecasters say that 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. The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center forecasts Oscar to be a strong tropical storm by the end of the weekend and a hurricane early in the coming week.

No coastal watches of warnings are in effect.

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

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Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. Regardless of strength, Hurricane Oscar is not expected to be a threat to land.

Hurricane Kate in 1985 formed on November 15 and did $300 million worth of damage and killed 15 people, according to reports.

Mother Nature has given the U.S. East Coast a bit of a reprieve from worry, some time to catch our collective breaths and continue recovery efforts in Florida's Panhandle after the devastation of Hurricane Michael.

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