Nicole Strengthens A Bit More While It Drifts Westward

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Nicole has strengthened a bit more while it drifts westward.

At 11 p.m. the center of the system was about 360 miles south-southwest of Bermuda.

Nicole’s maximum sustained winds were 90 mph as it moved to the northwest at 2 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center.

A faster motion toward the northwest and north-northwest is expected overnight, followed by a turn toward the north and an increase in forward speed by late Wednesday. A further increase in forward speed and a turn toward the north-northeast is forecast on Thursday.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Nicole could be near major hurricane strength by late Wednesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will approach Bermuda Wednesday night and pass near Bermuda on Thursday.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Bermuda. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area and is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.

Swells associated with Nicole will affect Bermuda during the next few days.  These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.

Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda by Wednesday night, with tropical storm conditions beginning Wednesday afternoon.


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