Bermuda looks like a tiny dot in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The Island is just over 20 square miles — the Atlantic Ocean is more than 41 million square miles. Enough with the geography lesson — so let’s talk about the weather (while keeping those numbers in the backs of our heads).
Nicole is forecast to pass over the small island during the day on Thursday. The category 2 hurricane has a very well defined eye, which is 35 miles in diameter! It’s winds are (as of this post) 110 mph with gusts to 120 mph.
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Since the early 1800s, 12 hurricane have made landfall on Bermuda! Bermuda makes up approximately 0.0000005% of the entire Atlantic Ocean — so 12 is a pretty big number. Yes, there aren’t hurricanes in every part of the Atlantic Ocean, but this is an impressive statistic.
Get ready for more numbers! In 2014 — the island was hit by TWO hurricanes, BOTH in October and less than a week apart!
If the National Hurricane Center Forecast is to verify — this would be the first MAJOR (Cat 3 or higher) hurricane to make landfall on the island since 1926.
We won’t feel any direct impacts from Nicole, but her swell will start to push in on Thursday. Expect 5-10’ waves, which will last into the weekend!