A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Bermuda as Hurricane Nicole heads toward the island nation.
At 5 a.m. the center of the storm was 330 miles south-southwest of Bermuda.
Nicole’s maximum sustained winds were 100 mph as it moved to the north-northwest at 7 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.
The system is forecast to increase in speed on Wednesday and take a turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday. On the forecast track, the core of Hurricane Nicole will near Bermuda on Thursday.
Some strengthening is possible during the next 36 hours, and Nicole could be near major hurricane strength by later today.
Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin by later today or tonight.
Nicole is expected to produce up to 8 inches over Bermuda through Thursday.
A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding in Bermuda. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.