Latest Atlantic hurricane makes for an above normal year

Tracking the Tropics

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – Oscar is the most recent hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin during the 2018 hurricane season. It is the eight hurricane and the fifteenth named storm.

The storm is not expected to have direct impacts on land as it is almost 600 miles east of Bermuda and beginning to turn northward before lifting northeast into the cool, North Atlantic waters. However, the surf around Bermuda will be rough for the next couple of days with the swells from Oscar reaching the area.

Oscar is just the latest storm in an above normal year. We have had fifteen named storms, which is more than the average of twelve. We started off the year early, with Subtropical Storm Alberto at the end of May.

Of our eight hurricanes, two have been a category three or stronger, Florence and Michael. Both impacted the US directly and brought devastation to the Gulf Coast and the East Coast.

As we head into November, it’s important to remember that while the tropics are less active, it is still hurricane season. On average we see five tropical systems develop in the month of November. Hurricane season ends o November 30th.

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