Hurricane Nicole bore down on Bermuda on the morning of October 13, 2016. The storm broke records as it stirred up the Atlantic Ocean for more than a week, growing to a category-4 storm.
As it neared the island, Nicole became the second category 4 or 5 storm in the Atlantic this year—the first time on record that the basin has had two category 4 or 5 storms in October. Nicole became a tropical storm on October 4, circled the tropical Atlantic for several days, and then gained intensity as it approached Bermuda on October 12.
NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13) captured this natural-color image of Hurricane Nicole at 11:15 a.m. local time (14:15 Universal Time) on October 13, 2016, around the time that the eyewall made a direct hit on Bermuda. The storm was moving northeast at 16 miles (26 kilometers) per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles (195 kilometers) per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“This is a serious storm, and it’s living up to the weather predictions,” warned Bermuda’s National Security Minister, Jeff Baron. “The worst is not over.”
HAPPENING NOW: The eye of Hurricane Nicole is directly over Bermuda. Watch the Latest Live: bit.ly/LiveWeather – Wind map: earth.nullschool
Posted by WeatherNation on Thursday, October 13, 2016
The island rarely sees direct hits from major hurricanes. So far, only seven major hurricanes have passed within 40 nautical miles (46 miles or 74 kilometers) of Bermuda since records began in 1851, according to the National Hurricane Center.
This year’s hurricane season has proven to be a busy one in the western hemisphere, meteorologists said. “The Atlantic has had more major hurricane days in 2016 than in 2012 thru 2015 combined,” wrote meteorologist Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University in a tweet.
The storm is expected to head northeast over the Atlantic Ocean, where it should dissipate over the next few days.
NASA Earth Observatory maps by Joshua Stevens, using data from the NASA-NOAA GOES project. Caption by Pola Lem.