October 27TH 2018 – The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has indicated that subtropical storm Oscar has formed. Oscar becomes the sixteenth name storm and second sub-tropical storm for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
At 1100 AM the NHC stated, that the centre of Subtropical Storm Oscar was located near latitude 27.3 North, longitude 48.4 West. The storm is moving toward the west near 13 mph. A turn toward the west-southwest is anticipated later today, followed by a turn back toward the west on Sunday. Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north and the northeast by early next week. .
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected, and Oscar could become a hurricane after transitioning to a tropical storm later this weekend or early next week.
Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 195 miles from the centre.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb.
Oscar’s current location brings the system at approximately 1200 miles north east of the territory. The system is not expected to have any effect on the Virgin Islands.
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will continue to monitor the system and provide updates accordingly.
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