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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The National Hurricane Center is now tracking Tropical Storm Nicole as it moves northward in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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At 11 p.m. the center of the storm was about 545 miles south of Bermuda.

Nicole is moving toward the north near 2 mph (4 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected on Monday, and a turn toward the northwest is expected by Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is likely tonight. Gradual strengthening is forecast to begin on Monday, and Nicole could become a hurricane by Monday night.

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Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km) from the center.


Swells associated with Nicole and Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew should increase on Bermuda during the next couple of days.

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These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.