HAMILTON, Bermuda, Tuesday October 11, 2016 – Bermuda is under a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning as Nicole gears up to pass over the island as a Category 2 hurricane later this week.
Nicole was still a tropical storm at 11 a.m., with maximum sustained winds near 65 miles per hour, and was travelling slowly north-northwest at 5 miles per hour.
But the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said additional strengthening and an increase in speed are forecast during the next 48 hours, and Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane later today or tonight.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) October 11, 2016
On the forecast track, the center of Nicole is expected to approach Bermuda tomorrow night, and pass over the island early Thursday as a Category 2 hurricane, the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) said in its 11:30 a.m. bulletin.
“Ahead of Nicole’s approach, expect hazardous conditions including strong winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms and dangerous surf and rip currents. Tropical storm force winds arrive by Wednesday evening with hurricane force winds arriving late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning,” the BWS added.
A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding in Bermuda. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves, the NHC also warned.
Nicole is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain over Bermuda through Thursday.