Hurricane pummels Bermuda with wind, then spins away
Hurricane Nicole roared across Bermuda on Thursday, pummeling the resort island with winds up to 115 mph that snapped trees and peeled off roofs before the storm spun away into open water.
The Category 3 system also flooded homes, damaged boats that broke away from their moorings and knocked out power to more than 27,000 customers who live in the British territory, which has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to heavy weather.
By late Thursday afternoon, crews were clearing roads, and many islanders were posting pictures of calmer seas and clearer skies.
“Nicole is now racing away,” said James Dodgson, deputy director at the Bermuda Weather Service. Forecasters expected to cancel a tropical storm warning later in the evening.
Hours earlier, Bermuda’s 65,000 people got a brief respite from the storm’s fury when the eye of the hurricane passed overhead.