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Powerful Hurricane Nicole set to strike Bermuda
Thursday, October 13, 2016, Bermuda
At 200am AST (0600 UTC), the large eye of Hurricane Nicole was located near latitude 30.6 N, longitude 66.2 W. Nicole is moving toward the N-NE near 12mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the NE with an increase in forward speed is expected later today [13 October].On the forecast track, the core of Nicole will pass over or near Bermuda later this morning.Maximum sustained winds remain near 130mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts.

Nicole is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is expected overnight, and Nicole is forecast to be at major hurricane strength when it moves near Bermuda. Some weakening is expected to begin later on Thursday.

Nicole has a large area of hurricane-force winds that extend outward up to 65 miles (100 km) from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km)…

Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda this morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin soon.

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

Nicole is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4-8 inches over Bermuda through this evening.

Swells associated with Nicole will affect Bermuda during the next few days, and will spread northward along the United States east coast from the Carolinas northward through the next few days. These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.

Isolated tornadoes are possible on Bermuda overnight and early Thursday…

(For information about operations in the Americas contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Nicole Intermediate Advisory No.36A issued at 200am AST on 13 October 2016


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