Hurricane Oscar is expected to become an extra-tropical cyclone by the end of Oct. 31, and it is moving to the northeast in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that the storm has Category 1-strength winds of 75 mph. It’s located about 805 miles east-northeast of Bermuda, but it is moving away from land.
“There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect,” said the NHC.
“Oscar is expected to become an extratropical low over the north-central Atlantic Ocean by tonight. Although gradual weakening is expected during the next several days, Oscar is expected to remain a powerful post-tropical cyclone over the north-central and northeastern Atlantic Ocean into the weekend. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km),” according to the NHC in a discussion.
The NHC’s forecast model shows that the storm will likely move quickly to the northeast before heading between Iceland and the United Kingdom.
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1, and it will end on Nov. 30, the NHC said. The peak of hurricane season is late August to early September, but early October also can see many hurricanes, AccuWeather noted.
“The last season to produce a November named storm was last year, 2015. The tropical depression that would eventually become Hurricane Kate formed southeast of the Bahamas on November 8th. This system quickly strengthened and became a tropical storm on November 9th and a category 1 hurricane on November 11th. It didn’t affect any landmass, but its energy, once it lost its tropical characteristics and merged with a cold front over the northern Atlantic, did produce wild autumn weather, including high winds and some flooding in Ireland and Wales,” WeatherBug reported.
Hurricane Kate in 1985 formed on Nov. 15 and did $300 million worth of damage and killed 15 people, according to reports.