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