Hurricane Season Ends Next Month But First Meet Oscar

Miami, Fla.(970 WFLA)-At 5:00 AM EST, the center of Hurricane Oscar was located near latitude 25.7 North, longitude 57.8 West, that's about 620 miles southeast of Bermuda, and about 620 miles  north-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

Oscar is moving toward the west near 12 mph.  A turn toward the northwest at a slower forward speed is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the north tonight.  

On Tuesday,  Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north or north-northeast with an increase in forward speed.  The hurricane is then expected to accelerate quickly toward the northeast through the middle of the week.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph, with higher gusts.   Additional strengthening is forecast through Tuesday, followed by gradual weakening thereafter.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 984 mb (29.06 inches).

Graphic credit: NHC Miami

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