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.
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!