Hurricane Nicole ravages Bermuda, moves out to sea

Hurricane Nicole, a dangerous Category 3 storm, has passed over Bermuda on and moved out to sea.

At 2 pm Thursday, Nicole was about 90 miles northeast of Bermuda and moving away at 18 mph in a northeasterly direction, the National Hurricane Center reported.

It had winds of about 115 mph.

The storm is not expected to threaten the United States.

"Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days," the hurricane center said.

Reports from the island today indicate widespread power and phone outages, as well as very powerful winds. 

Bermuda braces for Hurricane Nicole

Even as Haiti and parts of the United States clean up after Hurricane Matthew, Bermuda is preparing for Hurricane Nicole to hit tomorrow.

Hurricane Nicole is likely to make a direct hit on Bermuda Thursday, and has a chance to be a very rare major hurricane hit for the archipelago.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Bermuda.

A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.