HAMILTON, Bermuda, Thursday October 13, 2016 – What the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami has described as a large and extremely dangerous Category 3 Hurricane Nicole is closing in on Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds near 125 miles per hour.
Nicole had reached Category 4 status late yesterday evening, with 130 mile per hour winds, but it weakened a bit on its approach to the small Caribbean island.
At 8 a.m., it was 55 miles south southwest of Bermuda, and heading towards the north northeast at 15 miles per hour.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) October 13, 2016
“A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected later today. On the forecast track, the core of Nicole will pass near Bermuda later this morning,” the NHC said.
“Although a gradual weakening is forecast, Nicole is expected to remain a major hurricane when it moves near Bermuda today.”
The island is already feeling the effects, however. Apart from experiencing the winds and rain, almost 9,000 customers of the power company had experienced outages, according to The Royal Gazette.
“Given the quick building of the winds, we can expect to start losing more circuits fairly quickly,” a spokeswoman told the newspaper.
— Gareth Nokes (@nokesy) October 13, 2016
— Breaking911 Weather (@B911Weather) October 13, 2016
Nicole is a large tropical cyclone. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 65 miles from the centre, and tropical-storm- force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) October 13, 2016
The Bermuda Weather Service has warned of hazardous conditions, including extreme winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms, possible tornadoes, and dangerous surf and rip currents with storm surge building 6 to 8 feet on top of very high seas.