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Oscar becomes eighth hurricane of 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Becomes hurricane over the subtropical Atlantic Ocean

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The center of Hurricane Oscar was located is located more than 1,500 miles east of Jacksonville.. Oscar is moving toward the west near 16 mph. A continued westward motion is expected overnight, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest by early Monday, with a northwestward motion forecast on Monday afternoon.

By 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 75 mph with higher gusts.  Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, 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 115 miles.

Despite Oscar's westward track and growth the storm is not expected to impact the U.S. East Coast due to a series of cold fronts moving onshore into the Atlantic Ocean.