Nicole Heads for Bermuda as Major Hurricane

Thursday, October 13, 2016 9am:

Hurricane Nicole intensified into a major hurricane overnight and has its sights set on Bermuda. Winds are at 125 mph and it’s moving to the NNE at 15 mph.nicole1

Hurricane Nicole will continue to move towards Bermuda this morning, possibly making landfall before noon as a Category 3 hurricane. Devastating news for Bermuda.

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After passing over/near Bermuda, Nicole will continue on its track to the NNE, moving further away from the U.S. mainland.

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Nicole will gradually weaken as it moves further away from Bermuda.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9am:

Nicole quickly intensified from a tropical storm just yesterday morning to a Category 2 hurricane with winds at 100 mph. It is moving to the NNW at 5 mph.

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Nicole will stay in a favorable environment for the next 24 to 48 hours, possibly gaining even more strength as it makes a turn and heads for Bermuda.

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Nicole could be a strong Category 2 hurricane with winds at 105 mph as it potentially makes landfall in Bermuda Thursday morning.

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It will continue on its path away from the U.S. mainland through the rest of the week and into the weekend as it weakens.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9am:

Tropical Storm Nicole has been meandering for the past week just south of Bermuda but is now slowly moving toward the north-northwest 5 mph.

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Nicole is forecasted to move over warm waters and into weaker shear conditions during the next 48 hours. This environment should result in strengthening and Nicole is expected to become a hurricane during the next 24 hours.

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Then, Nicole should turn toward the north and move slowly around the western edge of a subtropical ridge.

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By 48 hours, Nicole will merge with the mid-latitude westerly flow and should turn to the northeast and speed up some. Nicole could potentially make landfall in Bermuda sometime early morning on Thursday, or pass very close to the island as a strong Category 1 hurricane with peak winds around 90 mph. Terrible news for Bermuda but good news for the SE Atlantic coast as we continue to clean up after Hurricane Matthew.

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Nicole will continue its path out to sea into the weekend, moving further away from the U.S. mainland. We’ll continue to keep our eyes on this storm and update you here if the forecast changes any of the next few days.

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