Tropical Storm Oscar strengthens but still no threat to land World News

Tropical Storm Oscar strengthens but still no threat to land World News

Oscar is still moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour.

Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), with higher gusts.

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

The weather service said TS Oscars closest point of approach inside three days was expected to be 487 miles to the east south east of the island about 5am on Tuesday.

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No coastal watches of warnings are in effect. Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north and then the northeast by early next week. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

Forecasters at the Miami-based hurricane center say Oscar should continue westward during the night before beginning a turn toward the west-northwest. The tropical depression that would eventually become Hurricane Kate formed southeast of the Bahamas on November 8th.

"Environmental conditions appear conducive for further development and this system will likely become a tropical or subtropical cyclone later today or tonight while it moves generally northward over the central Atlantic".

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

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