Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land

Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land

But Tropical Storm Oscar, earlier said to be a potential threat to Bermuda, had altered track and was no longer viewed as a danger.

"A continued westward motion is anticipated today, followed by a turn toward the northwest late tonight or early Monday".

The storm's winds have increased to 75 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane.

Forecasters said Oscar was developing a warmer core, indicating it would transition soon to a tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

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Oscar strengthened into a tropical storm late on October 27 over open waters and is centered 815 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and 780 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, the NHC said. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

At the center's 8 a.m. Thursday advisory, the system's shower and thunderstorm activity showed enough signs of organization to give forecasters confidence to predict an 80 percent likelihood formation of a tropical storm in the next five days.

The storm also hit Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.