Bermuda braces for Hurricane Nicole

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 12:00

Even as Haiti and parts of the United States clean up after Hurricane Matthew, Bermuda is preparing for Hurricane Nicole to hit tomorrow.

Hurricane Nicole is likely to make a direct hit on Bermuda Thursday, and has a chance to be a very rare major hurricane hit for the archipelago.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda.

A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Nicole was located about 270 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, as of Wednesday afternoon.

The latest infrared satellite imagery shows a large eye as Nicole spins to the south of Bermuda. Radar imagery from Bermuda showed bands of rain arriving in Bermuda ahead of Nicole's arrival on Wednesday afternoon. 

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting Nicole to be a Category 2 as it passes near Bermuda, but there is a chance that Nicole could be a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) at that time.

Tropical storm conditions (39-73 mph winds) are expected in Bermuda beginning tonight, with hurricane conditions (74+ mph winds) potentially arriving by early Thursday.

While Nicole is likely to bring strong winds to Bermuda, the severity of the winds will depend on the exact path of the center, and thus, the eyewall, in relation to the archipelago.

Hurricane-force winds currently extend out 45 miles from the center, while tropical storm-force winds are up to 160 miles from the center.