Hurricane Nicole five-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphic
By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Nicole strengthened into a hurricane on Thursday, with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Although some additional strengthening is expected Thursday night, weakening is forecast by late Friday through Saturday.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 EDT on Thursday, the centre of Hurricane Nicole was located about 330 miles (535 km) south of Bermuda, moving towards the north-northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). This motion at a slower forward speed is expected through Friday morning. A meandering motion, but generally toward the south or southeast, is expected later Friday and Saturday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km). Swells associated with Nicole, along with rough surf conditions, will affect Bermuda for the next few days.
Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms near the Lesser Antilles are associated with a tropical wave passing through the region. Although development of this system is not expected, locally heavy rains and gusty winds are possible in the Windward and southern Leeward Islands during the next day or so as this disturbance moves through the area.