Oscar strengthens into tropical storm; no threat to land

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A tropical depression about 1,000 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands developed further on Thursday and is expected to become a named storm by sometime this weekend. Hurricane Oscar continues to churn and strengthen slightly in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it is not expected to be a threat to land.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

At 1100 a.m. AST (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Oscar was located near latitude 27.3 north, longitude 48.4 west.

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Thankfully the track of Oscar keeps it away from land in the coming days.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect. By Tuesday, Oscar is forecast to begin moving toward the north or north-northeast with an increase in forward speed.

The storm does not pose threat to Florida, U.S. Hurricane season runs through November 30.

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

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

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