Nicole arrives: Category 3 hurricane slams into Bermuda

Heavy rains and strong winds pound Bermuda as Hurricane Nicole approaches the Carribean island. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Hurricane Nicole snapped trees, flooded homes and peeled off some roofs as it pummeled the British territory of Bermuda on Thursday. The Category 3 storm was located about 10 miles east of Bermuda on Thursday morning and had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. The island got a brief respite as the eye of the hurricane passed by, but government officials urged everyone to remain inside.

This is a serious storm, and it's living up to the weather predictions.

Jeff Baron, Bermuda's minister of national security

The hurricane knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers in Bermuda, which has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to storms. It had strengthened to a Category 4 storm late Wednesday but lost some steam overnight. However, forecasters warned that it was still extremely dangerous and the fierce winds would probably continue through Thursday night.

I'm comfortable with the resources we have in hand to deal with this storm. I have every faith that the people of Bermuda will rally together after the storm.

Premier Michael Dunkley
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While hurricanes are quite common in Bermuda, a storm this strong is rare, said officials from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center(NHC), at Florida International University in University Park, unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, is the division of the United States' National Weather Service responsible for tracking and predicting weather systems within the tropics between the Prime Meridian and the 140th meridian west poleward to the 30th parallel north in the northeast Pacific ocean and the 31st parallel north in the northern Atlantic ocean.Its Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch(TAFB) routinely issues marine forecasts, in the form of graphics and high seas forecasts, for this area year round, with the Ocean Prediction Center having backup responsibility for this unit.