Although Hurricane Matthew has abated into a “post tropical cyclone,” as termed by meteorologists, Tropical Storm Nicole is gradually gaining momentum and catching the attention of forecasters.
Matthew had been carried off away from the Northeast coast as of Monday. It will keep moving out to sea to just off the Canadian Maritimes. The rainfall accompanying Matthew is expected to end by Monday.
Tropical Storm Nicole: “Swells associated with Nicole” could increase on Bermuda
However, as USA Today reports, there is a growing fear that Tropical Storm Nicole – which currently is 900 miles east of Miami – will bring strong winds.
“Swells associated with Nicole and Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew should increase on Bermuda during the next couple of days,” the National Hurricane Center said. “These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.”
Forecasters anticipate the tropical storm could intensify into a Category 2 hurricane in Bermuda by the end of the week. However, the storm does not pose any threat to the United States.
Tropical Storm Nicole: Hurricane watch issued for Bermuda
Bermuda has been issued a hurricane watch, as reported by AL.com. On Tuesday and Wednesday, as wind shear abates, conditions could help strengthen the storm. A hurricane warning is expected to be in place on Tuesday; which is when the storm could turn into a hurricane.
The storm carried winds of 60 miles per hour, while on Monday the winds were recorded at 65 miles per hour. By Tuesday, the conditions could intensify and the winds may reach the hurricane mark of 74 miles per hour.
As noted by Weather.com, Nicole was classified last Thursday as the sixth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.
No tropical storm or hurricane threats were issued either in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico as of Monday.