Hurricane Nicole continues to strengthen this afternoon.
At 5pm… maximum sustained winds have increased to 80 mph according to data from a Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so… and Nicole is forecast to be near major hurricane strength by late Wednesday.
Nicole is centered around 350 miles south/southwest of Bermuda… and moving northwest around 5 mph.
A turn toward the north and an increase in forward speed are expected Wednesday morning… followed by a northeast turn late Wednesday. On the forecast track… the center of Nicole is expected to approach Bermuda Wednesday night and pass near Bermuda Thursday.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda. A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding on Bermuda. Hurricane force winds are likely… and the storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain on the island.