Hurricane Nicole to be Investigated by Hurricane Hunters
Hurricane warnings are in place as Bermuda braces for a hit from Hurricane Nicole. As of Wednesday evening, Nicole was located a couple hundred miles to the south-southwest of Bermuda, moving toward the north-northeast at 10-mph.
The Bermuda Department of Parks would like to advise the general public to stay clear of the ocean and only view it from a very safe distance as the storm surge expected could pose a threat to bystanders positioned too close to the surf. Red ‘high surf’ warning signs were erected by early morning today from Mangrove Bay through to and including John Smith’s Bay within the National Park System. The decision was made to shut down the Horseshoe Beach to swimming and cease Lifeguarding Services as of 11am this morning.
The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, and the Bermuda Zoological Society will be closed on Thursday, 13th October, with plans to reopen on Friday, 14th October pending storm damage to the facility.
The Government would also like to remind the public that if you need to get gas for your vehicle, to please be mindful that gas stations were closed early Wednesday evening.
Satellite imagery indicates that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115-mph, with higher gusts. Nicole is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some additional strengthening is possible tonight or early Thursday, and Nicole is forecast to be at or near major hurricane strength when it approaches Bermuda.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is currently on the way to investigate Nicole to provide more information on its intensity.
Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin this evening. Continue to follow WeatherNationTV.com for the latest Hurricane Nicole updates.