Oct 12, 2016

Hurricane Nicole Slams Bermuda

Bermuda
by
Catherine Thorbecke
,
ABC News

The "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Nicole closed in on Bermuda this morning, leaving thousands without power and bringing strong winds and storm surge flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO), the only electricity company in Bermuda, told ABC News today that around 90 percent of customers in Bermuda don't have power. BELCO added that it is still assessing the full impact of the storm.

Nicole weakened to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph earlier today. At 11 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said the eye of the storm was passing over Bermuda.

A station on Pearl Island reported sustained winds of 87 mph and wind gusts of up to 120 mph.

The brunt of Nicole passed through the North Atlantic island this morning and by the afternoon the eye of Nicole was slowly moving away from Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center.