5AM EDT Update 17 October 2016
Rare high-latitude Hurricane Nicole is finally expected to undergo extra-tropical transition by mid-week, but not without setting or helping set all kinds of records.
While not approaching land, Nicole is creating large swells over vast portions of the Atlantic. From NHC:
Elsewhere, a large and persistent area of lower pressure extends from the Caribbean to the Bahamas. Some slow development/s in this region is possible this week, and NHC has highlighted the convection that has been flaring up along Nicole's trailing troff just east of Florida for a 40% chance of becoming a depression or named storm by Friday.
8AM EDT Update 15 October 2016
After only briefly losing tropical characteristics, deep convection has been bursting within the center of Nicole, and the cyclone is undergoing processes that appear to be converting it into a rare mostly tropical hybrid which could actually become a hurricane this weekend, and thus NHC advisories are being continued on Nicole in a way that almost harkens back to a few of the last storms of 2005.
12PM EDT Update 13 October 2016
Major Hurricane Nicole delivered a direct hit on the island nation of Bermuda this morning and is now pulling away to the northeast, with conditions slowly improving. The image below of Bemuda radar shows the small island right inside the eyewall just a little while ago.
9AM EDT Update 13 October 2016
Nicole has weakened back to a category 3, but still a major hurricane, bands are currently affecting the Island and the eye should cross Bermuda in a matter of hours.
11PM EDT Update 12 October 2016
Recon has found that Nicole has strengthened into a very powerful Category 4 Major Hurricane. This could become a historic landfall, as there are no Cat 4 Bermuda landfalls in the NHC record.
7PM Update 12 October 2016
Nicole is nearing Category 3 strength as it nears Bermuda, it has a chance to move very close or just over Bermuda tomorrow. The eye of Bermuda is very well defined on satellite and is likely to be stronger than Hurricane Gonzolo was when it struck the island in 2014.
Those in the area should follow local media/officials and be prepared for a large and dangerous hurricane midday tomorrow.
Bermuda Radar Recording
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Port Bermuda Webcam
Two Bermuda News Live Webcams
Tropical Storm Nicole has done a bit of a loop but emerged a stronger storm that is forecast to become a hurricane and possibly travel over or very near Bermuda.
Recon is on its way now to check out the storm, it is likely it may find a hurricane once it does.
More to come on Nicole's approach soon.
Many areas are still recovering from Matthew, and flooding continues in North Carolina.