Hurricane Nicole Sets On Course To Bermuda

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NHC Forecast track of Nicole

Nicole is gaining strength quickly, now as it moves north towards Bermuda. There is a hurricane warning up for the island, as the storm is forecast to move right over it. Nicole could strengthen to a category 3 storm by Thursday morning, before making its approach on Bermuda. the storm does not pose a threat to the East Coast which is still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.

 

The National Hurricane Center Public Advisory on Nicole follows below:

 

HURRICANE NICOLE ADVISORY NUMBER  35
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL152016
500 PM AST WED OCT 12 2016

...NICOLE STRENGTHENS AS IT TAKES AIM ON BERMUDA...


SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...29.2N 66.6W
ABOUT 240 MI...385 KM SSW OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 10 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...962 MB...28.41 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Bermuda

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life
and property should be rushed to completion.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products
issued by your national meteorological service.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the large eye of Hurricane Nicole was
located near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 66.6 West. Nicole is
moving toward the north near 10 mph (17 km/h). A turn toward the
north-northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected
tonight. A northeast turn with an additional increase in forward
speed is forecast on Thursday. On the forecast track, the core of
Hurricane Nicole will pass near or over Bermuda on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph (175 km/h)
with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible tonight
or early Thursday, and Nicole is forecast to be at or near major
hurricane strength when it approaches Bermuda.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles
(260 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 962 mb (28.41 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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WIND:  Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda
Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin
this evening.

STORM SURGE:  A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as
much as 6 to 8 feet above normal tide levels in Bermuda. The surge
will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

RAINFALL:  Nicole is expected to produce total rain accumulations
of 4 to 8 inches over Bermuda through Thursday.

SURF:  Swells associated with Nicole will affect Bermuda during the
next few days. These swells will create dangerous surf conditions
and rip currents. Please refer to products being issued by the
Bermuda Weather Service.

TORNADOES:  Isolated tornadoes are possible on Bermuda tonight and
early Thursday.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM AST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.