'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Nicole to pummel Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda - The British territory of Bermuda hunkered down overnight as Hurricane Nicole rapidly strengthened into a major Category 4 storm and took aim at the tiny island in the northern Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami called Nicole an "extremely dangerous" storm and urged islanders to rush preparations for its powerful rain and winds. It said Nicole should pass near Bermuda on Thursday morning. The storm was located about 100 miles (165 kilometres) southwest of Bermuda early Thursday morning. It had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) and was moving north-northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).

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