Travel Alert Update: Hurricane Nicole Passes Over Bermuda

T he maximum sustained winds of one of the strongest storms to ever hit Bermuda are at a speed of 120 miles per hour, as the eye of Hurricane Nicole is 10 miles east of Bermuda and heading northeast at 16 miles per hour.

Hurricane Nicole Passes Over Bermuda

Hurricane Nicole 2016

The eye of Hurricane Nicole is currently 10 miles east of Bermuda, which is indicated by the little purple speck in the radar image. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Only seven major hurricanes have passed within 40 nautical miles of Bermuda since officially keeping records began in 1851.

As a Category 3 hurricane — downgraded from a Category 4 hurricane — the large storm is expected to cause a storm surge of as much as eight feet above normal tide levels, with up to eight inches of rain.

Dangerous surf conditions and riptide currents will affect not only Bermuda directly; but will also affect portions of the east coast of the United States.

Power is out for 20,000 people at this time; and reports of damage to structures are first being released. No fatalities have been reported at this time.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Bermuda over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical system, which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight will most likely be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of Tropical Storm Nicole:

  • Delta Air Lines currently has an alert for travel to Bermuda between Thursday, October 13, 2016 and Friday, October 14, 2016 where your ticket must be reissued on or prior to — and rebooked travel must begin no later than — Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
  • JetBlue Airways currently has an alert for travel to Bermuda between Thursday, October 13, 2016 and Friday, October 14, 2016 where your ticket must be reissued on or prior to — and rebooked travel must begin no later than — Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
  • American Airlines has a similar travel waiver — except that the alert is for Thursday, October 13, 2016 and you can travel on either October 11 – 12, 2016 or October 14 – 16, 2016.
  • Air Canada also has a travel alert for today, Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Summary

The aforementioned alerts pertain to Bermuda only. Contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert Update: Hurricane Nicole Passes Over Bermuda”

  1. Georgr says:

    What about cruises coming in by Monday. Leaving Cape Liberty on Saturday will it be sage by then

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The problem is that the southern part of Hurricane Nicole — which is passing over Bermuda right now — is the stronger part of the storm, Georgr. This means that the extent of damage is currently unknown at this time.

      There may still be seas which may be rougher than normal on Monday; and cruise ships may be able to navigate them — but the problem will be the extent of damage to docks and infrastructure. Again, that information is unknown at this time.

      Contact the company which operates the cruise and find out information as to the official update on its status.

      I hope that damage is minimal at best; that there are no fatalities; and that the cruise will be able to operate on Monday, Georgr.

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