Tropical Storm Nicole strengthens early Tuesday as wind shear relaxes. It will likely become a hurricane for the second time in its lifetime by Tuesday night. Hurricane Hunters will assess the strength and organization of Nicole Tuesday afternoon. As of 11 AM Tuesday max sustained winds top out at 65 mph. Pressure is down to 990 mb and Nicole drifts towards Bermuda as it moves north-northwest at 5 mph. A Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch are in effect for the island. Nicole will pass very close to Bermuda Thursday morning as a strengthening hurricane. It could bring up to 3-5 inches of rainfall to Bermuda Wednesday and Thursday along with strong winds and large waves.
While no tropical cyclone development is expected over the next 5 days our eyes are on the Western Caribbean next week. Several models try to spin up low pressure in that region late next week. The location favors development in mid October.