Tropical Storm Nicole Strengthening, Winds Almost At Hurricane Speed

 Thursday, October 6, 2016

 Orlando Sentinel

Tropical Storm Nicole is picking up strength in the Atlantic Ocean, several hundreds miles east of the Bahamas, meteorologists say. At 5 a.m. Thursday, Nicole had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was just shy of being named a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm needs 74 mph winds to be named a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Currently, it’s moving northwest at 9 mph but a "slow, meandering motion" is expected Thursday and Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.