Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land

Michele Stevens
October 29, 2018

A cyclone is a closed-circulation rotating storm that depending on its wind-speed intensity is classified, from weakest to strongest, as a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane.

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]. Storms that form in November, whether they develop in the Caribbean or over the western Atlantic, usually track to the northeast toward the open waters of the western and central Atlantic", the blog noted.

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. Oscar will be steered west until Monday when the storm system now impacting the U.S. East Coast blocks its progress.

There were 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.

The system is expected to move generally northward during the next couple of days, according to the forecast.

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