13 October 2016

Major Category 3 Hurricane Nicole Hits Bermuda, Satellite Views


BULLETIN
HURRICANE NICOLE ADVISORY NUMBER 39
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL152016
500 PM AST THU OCT 13 2016
...NICOLE WEAKENING AS IT MOVES AWAY FROM BERMUDA...
SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...33.6N 63.2W
ABOUT 130 MI...210 KM NE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 40 DEGREES AT 21 MPH...33 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...963 MB...28.44 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The Bermuda Weather Service has changed the Hurricane Warning for
Bermuda to a Tropical Storm Warning.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Bermuda
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Nicole was located
near latitude 33.6 North, longitude 63.2 West. Nicole is moving
toward the northeast near 21 mph (33 km/h). A turn toward the east-
northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected tonight or
on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move
farther away from Bermuda this evening.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 mph (175 km/h)
with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the
next couple of days, and Nicole could become a post-tropical cyclone
on Saturday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185
miles (295 km). The Bermuda airport recently reported sustained
winds of 37 mph (59 km/h) and a wind gust of 55 mph (89 km/h).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 963 mb (28.44 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue over Bermuda through
this evening.
STORM SURGE: A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as
much as 6 to 8 feet above normal tide levels in Bermuda. The surge
will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. The storm
surge should subside this evening.
RAINFALL: Rainfall on Bermuda should diminish this evening.
SURF: Swells associated with Nicole will affect Bermuda during the
next few days, and will spread northward along the United States
east coast from the Carolinas northward through the next few
days. These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip
currents. Please refer to products being issued by your local
weather office for more information.
NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM AST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the east shore of North America about 1,070 km (665 mi) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, 1,236 km (768 mi) south of Cape Sable Island, Canada, and 1,578 km (981 mi) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico and lies 1,544 km (959 mi) north of Road Town, British Virgin Islands. The capital city is Hamilton. On the morning of October 13, 2016, Category 3 (120 mph winds) Hurricane Nicole struck Bermuda as captured in the three satellite views below (Bermuda's approximate location is shown in pink in each satellite view). Bermuda is a popular sailing destination and venue, serving as the site of the 2017 America's Cup sailing regatta. 






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