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Hurricane Nicole bears down on Bermuda

This October 9, 2016 NASA handout image shows Tropical Storm Nicole (15L) in the western Atlantic. Tropical Storm Nicole could become a hurricane for a second time and threaten Bermuda this week, according to the National Hurricane Center, which was tracking the storm in the central Atlantic on October 10. As of the last advisory, at 4 a.m. CDT October 10, Tropical Storm Nicole was located about 505 miles(813km) south of Bermuda and was moving north at 7 mph(11kph). Nicole had winds of 65 mph(104kph), unchanged from October 9. Hurricane force winds begin at 74 mph(119kph), and the hurricane center thinks Nicole will begin to strengthen more tonight and reach that mark by October 11. The hurricane center's official forecast path takes Nicole to the north and eventually northeast, which will take it very close to Bermuda, possibly by October 13. / AFP PHOTO / NASA / HO /

This October 9, 2016 NASA handout image shows Tropical Storm Nicole (15L) in the western Atlantic. Tropical Storm Nicole could become a hurricane for a second time and threaten Bermuda this week, according to the National Hurricane Center, which was tracking the storm in the central Atlantic on October 10. / AFP PHOTO / NASA / HO /

Hurricane Nicole barreled toward Bermuda Wednesday as a Category 2 storm, just days after Matthew killed hundreds in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.

Packing 100 mile (155 kilometer) per hour winds, Nicole was 320 miles (520 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda at 1200 GMT.

The storm was heading northwest at about seven miles (11 kilometers) per hour in the Atlantic, and is expected on or near the British island territory within the next 24 hours.


“Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin by later today or tonight,” the NHC said in one of its Wednesday updates.

“A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding in Bermuda. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive winds,” said the NHC, adding that rainfall of up to eight inches (20 centimeters) is anticipated.

Nicole already has disrupted the next US cargo supply trip to the International Space Station. Initially set for Thursday, the launch now has been delayed until Sunday, NASA officials said.

Last week another hurricane, Matthew, strafed the Caribbean and US east coast, hitting Haiti as a Category 4 storm.

Impoverished Haiti, with 473 known dead, continues to struggle from the after-effects of Matthew, with thousands still in shelters and health officials warning about the possible spread of cholera.


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