Minister: ‘Nicole Is A Serious Threat To Bermuda’

October 10, 2016

[Updated] “Nicole is a serious threat to Bermuda, and we cannot afford to have complacency with this storm,” Minister of National Security Jeffrey Baron said, adding that “I cannot emphasize enough the critical importance of residents securing their homes and completing their preparations well in advance of this storm.”

In a statement this evening, Government said, “The Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] is advising that the Island is currently under a Hurricane Watch as Tropical Storm Nicole is forecast to intensify into a hurricane tomorrow as it approaches Bermuda.

“Late this afternoon, the Minister of National Security, Sen. Jeffrey Baron convened an Emergency Measures Organisation [EMO] to assess and review Government’s emergency protocols as well as get the latest weather updates associated with TS Nicole.

“According to this evening’s [6pm] BWS report, Nicole’s closest point of approach to Bermuda is forecast to be within 25 nm [or directly over] of the Island, 9.00 a.m. Thursday, Oct 13.

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

Tropical Storm Nicole October 10 2016 6pm

“It is expected to be a strong Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 80 knots with gusts to 100 knots.

“And the EMO is urging residents to ensure that their storm preparations are complete by this evening; at the very latest early tomorrow morning.

Minister of National Security Jeffrey Baron said, “Nicole is a serious threat to Bermuda, and we cannot afford to have complacency with this storm.

“The Bermuda Weather Service has confirmed that this will be a strong, slow moving Category 1 hurricane and I cannot emphasize enough the critical importance of residents securing their homes and completing their preparations well in advance of this storm.”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Nicole October 10 2016 6pm

“The BWS advises that Bermuda can expect to experience hazardous conditions including heavy rain, thunderstorms, hurricane force winds, increasing seas and dangerous surf currents associated with the storm,” the Government said.

“Minister Baron advised that the EMO will convene another meeting tomorrow and following that meeting the public will be advised regarding further public safety, storm and public service advisories. To follow the storm’s progress, residents can visit for the latest updates.”

Update Oct 11, 7.31am: As of this morning, the BWS has also issued a Tropical Storm Warning, in addition to the Hurricane Watch, and said its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be within 25nm of [or directly over] the Island at 8am on Thursday, Oct 13.

The NHC said maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph [95 km/h] with higher gusts. “Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Nicole is expected to become a hurricane later tonight or Wednesday,” the NHC said.

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  1. raskarr says:


    • Captain obvious says:

      Exactley what this article just said…. We all know what happens in a hurricane….

      • OMG!!!!!!!! says:

        What he needs to stress is that the island is closing down all work places at 12pm tomorrow, that way people don’t become complacency with this storm/hurricane.

        Bermuda Government are the only politicians in the World that wait till the last very minute to shut down business. Dam Florida Government officials evacuated half the state and closed schools.

    • Works and Engineering says:

      Sorry pal but the homes in Bda are built for Category 4.

      Just ask anyone who has sent plans in to get approved @ the Planning Department, pure nightmare. Bda building codes are the most serious out of every Island in the Atlantic. Name one Island that can compete and prove me wrong!

      • Morris says:

        Hello works and engineering do not forget tornadoes spawned form a hurricane, rain and storm surge. I just experienced one in Florida.

      • Sage says:

        A tornado can rip anything above ground.

        • WTH says:

          Maybe a roof, but im yet to see a hurricane level a Bermuda house.

      • Rich says:

        Yes, but not everyone takes proper precautions. Lots of folks don’t properly board up their windows, or secure any fixtures outside. Lots of folks also rather recklessly like to go out and about during the worst of it, thus putting the lives of emergency personnel at risk. The quality of Bermuda homes also do nothing against the risk of flooding in certain low lying areas.

        Hurricane Fay initial impacted us as a TS but strengthened “only” to a Cat 1 hurricane. Despite that, so many homes were damaged with many roofs torn out. (And sadly compounded by Gonzalo only a week later.)

        So your desire to get a sarcastic aside in really does no one any favours.

    • Photographer says:

      Why do I sense you have shares in one of the retail stores that benefit like MAST… or Gorh… Stop crying wolf it’s Category 1, plus it’s coming during the day. I’m going to the beach to look at the waves.

    • bruhh says:

      Yo pipe down. You’re still going work on Thursday.

    • @ Raskarr, Please don’t be ignorant, many folk are taking this serious. Especially after watching Matthew tear up the regions that it did, and Nicole could very easily get stronger then predicted before it reaches Bermuda.

      So we do appreciate the steps that the minister is taking and the locals alike will bend together like always, WE ARE BERMUDIAN, THAT IS WHAT WE DO BEST.

    • Fanta drink in my cup says:

      Hey, you know there are several places on the island that can help you fix your broken caps lock key.

  2. dancing troll says:

    because the info on the net “Minister saying : ‘Nicole Is A Serious Threat To Bermuda’ is like saying the wheels on the bus go round and round ” lol !!!

    • gate c says:

      Agree totally, do we pay him to mimic the weather forecaster! I thought he was going to STOP crime and violence. Waste of money he is.

  3. drunken ursula says:

    what time is the last bus Wednesday night?????

  4. Wayne says:

    Please be aware that the NHC is often too conservative when it comes to predicting storm intensities. Don’t be surprised if this becomes a Category 3 or even stronger as it nears Bermuda.

  5. Point boy says:

    There is no mention of schools or bus and Ferry service.???

  6. Charlie says:

    Queue the superman music as the minister dons his cape – yet again…

    Jeffy, Bermudians know what a hurricane is and, more importantly, how to deal with one. Many have come before you. There’s a good lad.

    • wahoo says:

      You are the same type of idiot who would accuse him of not doing his job if he said nothing at all. If you choose to not read what he has said then that is good for you and you are entitled because you are supreme in your wisdom. Stay safe.

    • Enough says:

      You may have come before him but you are certainly way behind him now……

    • avocado says:

      What exactly is the problem with Minister Fahy stressing what we already know? It doesn’t hurt you, does it? If it, at the very least, saves one person from injury, then it’s a good thing which costs no-one anything.

      • dancing troll says:

        if it was in fact fahy this was robin

      • Charlie says:

        No issue with Fahy. Issue with Cap’n Courageous.

        Doing something is one thing.

        Being seen to be seen doing something is another.

  7. wahoo says:

    Close the shutters and get a few coldies and we’ll see you on the other side.

    • Truth is killin' me... says:

      Ginger ber and black…only way to go! Dark n Stormy…just the way I like it!!

  8. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    The people of this island know what to do before, during ,and after a hurricane , we have been doing that for years JB micro managing again . Stop treating us like 4 year old children !

    Most of us have been dealing with hurricanes before you were born.

    Spent your time trying to make this island solvent.

  9. manutd123 says:

    i feel its not that serious we as Bermudians have experience back to back hurricanes member fay than Gonzalo like @charlie say we Bermudians know hurricanes get prepared or dont but the ball will be in your court


  10. Fisherman says:

    You all best quibbling and start praying as you prepare to baton down all hatches, moorings, windows, sliding doors, the animals that are on the hill and down the hill and everywhere else. Pray for the homeless, our emergency services on the roads, hospitals and so on. Pray Bermuda – remember Gonsalo!!!

  11. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Jb in the blue suit! Fix the roads , how many time do we have to tell youand your friends on the hill before it sinks in, we have had more fatalities on our roads that from hurricanes