11 October 2016News

Bermuda prepares for possible direct hit from Nicole

Bermuda is bracing itself ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Nicole.

The storm, which is expected by forecasters to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane in the next day or so, is currently to the South-West of the Island, but is forecast to turn to the North-East and could pass straight over the island, although its exact path is still uncertain.

A statement issued by the Bermuda Weather Service on Oct. 11, said: “Nicole is forecast to intensify to a hurricane by this evening. Ahead of Nicole’s approach expect strong winds, showers and possible thunder. Expect hazardous conditions including heavy rain, thunderstorms and dangerous surf and rip currents. Expect the onset of hurricane force winds Wednesday night.”

In a short statement Bermuda’s Emergency Measures Organisation said: “Bermuda is currently under a Hurricane Watch. Current weather forecasts indicate that Nicole will intensify into a Category 1 hurricane by tomorrow. Residents are encouraged to ensure their storm preparations are complete by early tomorrow morning.”

Bermuda's Minister of National Security, Sen. Jeffrey Baron also announced that: “Nicole is a serious threat to Bermuda, and we cannot afford to have complacency with this storm. The Bermuda Weather Service has confirmed that this will be a strong, slow moving Category 1 hurricane and I cannot emphasise enough the critical importance of residents securing their homes and completing their preparations well in advance of this storm.”

According to the US-based National Hurricane Centre when Nicole does develop into a hurricane it will have winds ranging from 74 to 110 miles an hour.