Hurricane Nicole pounded Bermuda on Thursday, bringing strong winds, dangerous surf and heavy rains to the British territory on Thursday.
Winds of speed up to 120 miles per hour were experienced in Bermuda.
As the concern of damage to life and property looms over residents living on the coast, a tip – called the “one cup tip” – devised by a Facebook user has gone viral on the Internet.
“You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer,” the Facebook post reads. “That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone.
“If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on.”
In Bermuda, Hurricane Nicole caused substantial damage to, but not limited to, walls, roads and roofs, USA Today reports. Trees were uprooted, boats slammed into rocks and several homes were flooded as a result of the severe weather. Bermuda’s power company BELCO said as many as 27,000 people, almost 90 percent of the island’s customers, experienced power outage.
No reports of fatalities or major injuries have emerged.
As reported by Weather.com, surrounding land areas are not at risk of the extreme weather system. Pearl Island experienced sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.
Hurricane Nicole became the strongest hurricane – along with one other – recorded in Bermuda’s history. In 2003, Hurricane Fabian struck the territory as a Category 3 storm carrying winds of 120 miles per hour. Four people were killed and massive damage to property was experienced as a result of the severe weather.