(CMC) — Oscar became the eighth hurricane of the Atlantic season on Sunday, but forecasters said it posed no threat to land, although Bermuda residents were told to expect rough seas in the days ahead.
Oscar — earlier a subtropical storm and then a tropical storm — was packing winds of 75 miles per hour around 725 miles southeast of Bermuda and 710 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, moving west at 16 mph.
Oscar’s closest point of approach to Bermuda is expected to be 465 miles to the east at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Oscar was expected to continue in a westerly direction overnight, followed by a turn towards the west-northwest by early Monday, with a northwestward motion forecast on Monday afternoon.
“By Tuesday, Oscar is forecast to begin moving to the north or northeast with an increase in forward speed. The hurricane is then expected to accelerate quickly towards the northeast through the middle of the week,” the NHC said.
Tthe Bermuda Weather Service said “moderate to strong winds and large swell at beaches are expected ton Tuesday as Hurricane Oscar passes to the distant east.”