Bermuda: UPDATE: Hurricane Nicole now a Category 4


Doors and windows began to rattle across Bermuda early Thursday as Hurricane Nicole approached the British territory as an extremely dangerous Category 3 hurricane.

The storm was located about 55 miles south-southwest of Bermuda Thursday morning. It had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and was moving north-northeast at 15 mph.

Nicole is expected to pass just a couple of miles east of Bermuda late Thursday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Initially, the eye of the hurricane, which at one point was bigger than Bermuda itself, was supposed to go directly over the island, said James Dodgson, deputy director at the Bermuda Weather Service.

“We were hopeful that it would come across so we could at least get a break,” he said in a phone interview.

Instead, Bermuda will now be hit for a longer period of time by winds west of the Nicole’s eye, he added.

The hurricane had strengthened to a Category 4 storm late Wednesday but lost some steam overnight. However, forecasters warned that it was still extremely dangerous.