Tracking the Tropics: Oscar forms, could become a hurricane

This tropical disturbance will likely become the next named storm in the Atlantic

This tropical disturbance will likely become the next named storm in the Atlantic

Hurricane Oscar continues to churn and strengthen slightly in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it is not expected to be a threat to land. Oscar will be steered west until Monday when the storm system now impacting the U.S. East Coast blocks its progress.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30, the center said.

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

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Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 970 mb (28.65 inches).

Oscar became a named system late Friday evening as a subtropical storm. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Monday.

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

Over the next few days, this storm will slowly begin turning toward the northeast.

The storm does not pose a threat to Florida or the U.S.

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