Nicole Makes ‘Direct Hit’, Instead of ‘Landfall’
Hurricane Nicole has been downgraded to a category 2 storm this evening as it continues to pull away from Bermuda, which was rattled with 120-mph winds earlier in the day Thursday. Even though Bermuda took a direct hit, Nicole never officially made landfall. What’s the difference you ask?
As defined by the National Hurricane Center, a landfall is “the intersection of the surface center of a tropical cyclone with a coastline.” Even though the eye of the hurricane moved over Bermuda, the surface center remained to the east of Bermuda, which is why Nicole never officially made landfall.
The strongest winds in a tropical cyclone are not located precisely at the center. It is possible for a cyclone’s strongest winds to be experienced over land, even if landfall does not occur. Similarly, it is possible for a tropical cyclone to make landfall, and have its strongest winds remain over the water.
The category 3 storm created flooding, tree and structural damage, and knocked out power to more than 25,000 customers.
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