Hurricane Oscar swirls over western Atlantic

Hurricane Oscar swirls over western Atlantic

A cyclone is a closed-circulation rotating storm that depending on its wind-speed intensity is classified, from weakest to strongest, as a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane.

Hurricane Oscar continues to churn and strengthen slightly in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it is not expected to be a threat to land. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday morning that Oscar was centred about 1,040 miles (1,675 kilometres) east-southeast of Bermuda, and it was moving west at 13 mph (20 kph).

Under the heading Hazards Affecting Land, the hurricane center said: "None".

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The storm's winds have increased to 75 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane.

Hurricane winds extend only 15 miles from the center, while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

The Atlantic hurricane season typically peaks in September and October, but major storms do sometimes form in November. It is expected to turn towards the northwest on Monday and may rush across the north-central Atlantic by the middle of the week.

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