Nicole becomes sixth hurricane of the 2016 season

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Hurricane Nicole over the open Atlantic Thursday afternoon (Image: NOAA)

The National Hurricane Center upgraded tropical storm Nicole to a category one hurricane Thursday afternoon.

Nicole is forecast to remain far away from any landmass through early next week.

BULLETIN
HURRICANE NICOLE SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER  10
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL152016
200 PM AST THU OCT 06 2016

...NICOLE BECOMES A HURRICANE...


SUMMARY OF 200 PM AST...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...27.3N 65.0W
ABOUT 345 MI...555 KM S OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 620 MI...995 KM N OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...985 MB...29.09 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the center of Hurricane Nicole was located
near latitude 27.2 North, longitude 64.9 West. Nicole is moving
toward the north-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h).  A turn toward the
north-northwest is expected later today.  A slow and meandering
motion is forecast tonight and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph (130 km/h)
with higher gusts.  Some additional strengthening is likely over
the nest day or so, followed by slow weakening.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles
(110 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 985 mb (29.09 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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SURF: Swells associated with Nicole, along with rough surf
conditions, will affect Bermuda for the next few days.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 500 PM AST.