No Nicole isn't a hurricane, but she is a sub-tropical storm. The difference is in the way the storm carries itself, but for all intensive purposes it is just as dangerous as an hurricane. Sub-tropical storms produce dangerous sea's, due to the less organization of the wind field and probably because the winds are stronger far away from the center, take this quote "Confused winds and following sea's." The Halloween storm of 1991 (aka the Perfect Storm) produced 100 ft rouge wave as indicated by a buoy reading, not sure where though...
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