HAMILTON – The eye of Hurricane Nicole was moving away from Bermuda this afternoon but the large cyclone was still lashing the island with strong winds and storm surge flooding.
The eye of Nicole, a Category 3 hurricane with 120 mile-per-hour winds, began passing over the island late this morning.
There has so far been no official word of the damage Nicole caused, but local newspaper The Royal Gazette said it had received reports of flooding and road damage.
Minister of National Security, Senator Jeffrey Baron said he was “cautiously optimistic”.
However, there were power outages across the island. Shortly after midday, it was reported that more than 25,000 homes were without electricity.
In its 2 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said hurricane conditions would continue over Bermuda for a couple more hours, and tropical storm conditions would persist into this evening.
Swells associated with Nicole will also continue to affect the island during the next few days.
The NHC said Nicole, which was carrying maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, would gradually weaken over the next few days.