Nigel Is A Steady Cat-2 Hurricane

Nigel is maintaining its Category-2 status Wednesday morning with it maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.It's about 590 miles ENE of Bermuda and still not posing a threat to land.

The National Hurricance Center in Miami states:

At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Nigel was located near latitude 34.4 North, longitude 54.9 West. Nigel is moving toward the north near 16 mph (26 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected later today.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Nigel has likely reached its peak intensity, with gradual weakening expected later today, followed by faster rate of weakening on Friday. Nigel is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 971 mb (28.68 inches).

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