Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean

Oscar becomes 8th Atlantic hurricane of the season

The tropical storm is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday

The chance of formation into a tropical storm through 48 hours remains high - 90 percent - according to the NHC. Additional strengthening is expected, and Oscar could become a hurricane after transitioning to a tropical storm later this weekend or early next week. Storms become hurricanes at 74 miles per hour.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

A front is still on track to push Oscar early this week and turn it quickly northeast before even reaching Bermuda. The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, but it usually peaks on September 10-11.

The system "is gradually becoming better defined and the associated shower and thunderstorm activity is showing signs of organization", the Miami-based Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. advisory. The storm is continuing to transition from a hybrid storm to a full-fledged tropical system on Saturday night.

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Thirty-five people have died in Florida and 10 died in other states.

As of Thursday morning, what is designated as Disturbance 1 was about 900 miles east-northeast of the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands and still more than 2,000 miles from South Florida.

The storm also hit Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.

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