Nigel expected to become a major hurricane

By Rumi Samuel Published on September 18, 2023
Nigel expected to become a major hurricane

Tropical Storm Nigel has strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to become a major hurricane by Tuesday.  

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC), in its latest update, says Nigel was located about 875 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.  

At 11 AM AST (1500 UTC), the centre of Hurricane Nigel was located near latitude 27.2 North longitude 51.4 West.  

Nigel is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.  

Nigel is forecast to turn northward late Tuesday and then accelerate northeastward through the rest of the week. Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts.  

Nigel is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane on Tuesday rapidly.  

A gradual weakening trend could start on Wednesday. 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward to 160 miles (260 km).

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