MIAMI, Oct. 10 (UPI) — Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda Wednesday night as Hurricane Nicole appears likely to make a direct hit as a Category 2 hurricane Thursday morning with 100 mph winds and gusts up to 120 mph.
The National Hurricane Center reported Nicole was slowly strengthening 350 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, moving north-northwest at 5 mph with 80 mph sustained winds and higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend out 30 miles, while tropical storm-force winds extend outward 115 miles from Nicole’s center.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda.
Nicole become a hurricane again mid-day Tuesday. It will bring a dangerous storm surge to Bermuda, where residents are bracing for flooding and wind damage as the island currently is forecast to be hit by Nicole’s strongest side – the front right. Large, destructive waves are expected to begin soon.
Rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are forecast through Thursday.
Nicole has already been a hurricane, but weakened slightly as it meandered between Bermuda and Puerto Rico for a couple of days.
After possible landfall in Bermuda, Nicole would most likely head out into the open Atlantic, where it would likely dissipate over cold waters.