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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Nicole has strengthened as it takes aim on Bermuda.

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At 4:30 p.m. the center of the storm was 240 miles south-southwest of Bermuda.

Nicole is moving toward the north near 10 mph. A turn toward the north-northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected tonight. A northeast turn with an additional increase in forward speed is forecast on Thursday.

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On the forecast track, the core of Hurricane Nicole will pass near or over Bermuda on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

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A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
* Bermuda