Hurricane Oscar
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Oscar Oct 2 2018
Oscar shortly after peak intensity on October 2
FormedSeptember 27, 2018
DissipatedOctober 7, 2018
(Extratropical after October 5)
Highest winds1-minute sustained:
165 mph (270 km/h)
Lowest pressure917 mbar (hPa); 27.08 inHg
Fatalities89 Total
Damage$20.31 billion (2018 USD)
Areas affectedLesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, United States, Bermuda, Canada
Part of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Oscar was a very powerful hurricane that caused devastating damage across parts of the east coast in early October 2018. It was the 15th named storm, 7th hurricane, and 4th major hurricane of the active 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Developing from a tropical wave just north of the Leeward Islands, the storm tracked west-northwestwards for several days, before undergoing rapid intensification, peaking as a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest of the 2018 season. Afterwards, the storm underwent a period of weakening, but strengthened again and made landfall over Maryland as a Category 3 hurricane.

Meteorological History

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Map plotting the track and intensity of the storm according to the Saffir–Simpson scale