Storm upgraded - but not a threat to Bermuda

Storm upgraded - but not a threat to Bermuda

Storm upgraded - but not a threat to Bermuda

"It is expected to move into an area where environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for further development, and a tropical or subtropical storm is expected to form by early this weekend", the National Hurricane Center said.

The National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. Friday advisory said the system has changed little in organization since Thursday night.

Oscar is the eighth hurricane in the Atlantic this season, and is located approximately 725 miles southeast of Bermuda in the open waters of the Atlantic.

The Bermuda Weather Service said the storm was moving west at about 19.5 mph with winds of more than 64 mph and gusts of 79 mph. Oscar is moving to the west at 16 miles per hour. If Oscar reaches 74 miles per hour, it will designated as a hurricane.

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No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

The global models have come into much better agreement on Oscar's eventual recurvature and acceleration, and confidence in the NHC track forecast has increased.

Subtropical storms have less defined and cooler centers than tropical storms.

Forecasters at the Miami-based hurricane center say Oscar "is expected to accelerate quickly toward the northeast through the middle of the week".

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