Bermuda Braces For Hurricane Nicole
Photo: Hurricane Nicole’s current storm trajectory. (Photo via @Ginger_Zee)
On Wednesday, a hurricane warning was issued for Bermuda as the currently category 2 Hurricane Nicole is on a projected path toward the popular tourist destination.
According to CBSMiami.com, Hurricane Nicole was around 300 miles south-southwest of Bermuda Wednesday morning, and officials tracking the storm have found maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.
Forecasters are calling for Hurricane Nicole’s wind speed to increase and then for the storm to turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday, which would put Bermuda right in the projected path.
Efforts to protect life and property are already in motion in Bermuda.
In a report from Weather.com, the amount of wind and rain Hurricane Nicole dumps on Bermuda will be dependent on the exact path of the center of the storm. Regardless of its trajectory, locals and visitors on the islands should expect tropical storm conditions late Wednesday into Thursday morning.
After making landfall Thursday, meteorologists are suggesting the hurricane could dump up to eight inches of rain on Bermuda, heavy winds and dangerous storm surge with large waves pounding the popular destination’s coastlines.
Hurricanes with an intensity similar to Nicole’s are rare near Bermuda, which has been steadily rebuilding its tourism after seeing visitor numbers tumble in recent years. Since 1950, there have only been three hurricanes of Category 3 intensity that passed within 65 nautical miles of Hamilton, Bermuda. In addition, only seven Category 2 or stronger hurricanes have been tracked within 65 nautical miles of Hamilton during the same time period.
Hurricane Nicole originally formed on Oct. 4 and has strengthened into a major storm twice, including the latest development into a Category 2 hurricane en route to Bermuda.
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