Hurricane Watches Issued for Bermuda as Nicole Nears
Hurricane Watches were posted for the archipelago of Bermuda on Monday night in advance of Tropical Storm Nicole, which is expected to intensify as it moves towards the British-controlled island chain later this week.
Nicole was still a tropical storm as of late Monday night, but it’s moving into warm waters and a more favorable environment for development on Tuesday, just as it potentially moves towards Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) official forecast calls for Nicole to gradually strengthen as it approaches the popular vacation spot and home of about 65,000 people, with the worst impacts expected late Wednesday and into early Thursday.
The forecast cone calls for a very close if not direct hit on Bermuda by Nicole. Surf and storm surge will be unquestionably big issues, with strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall likely also playing significant roles as well. The Bermuda Weather Service forecast calls for rain and wind to increase on Tuesday before the worst of the storm arrives Wednesday into Thursday.
Overshadowed by Hurricane Matthew for much of the week in the Atlantic, Nicole became the season’s sixth hurricane in the Atlantic basin last Thursday, but then weakened back down to tropical storm status. But in the more favorable environment that the storm is expected to pass through in the coming days, Nicole could re-acquire hurricane status, which could threaten the tiny and flat archipelago, whose highest elevation point is a mere 249 feet.
Shipping interests should also monitor Nicole’s progress, which could also enhance surf and increase rip tides along the U.S. East Coast in the coming days as well.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on Nicole as it moves northward.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi