Nigel To Intensify Today Over Sub-Tropical Central Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center in Miami's 5AM advisory on Nigel states:

The eye of Hurricane Nigel was located near latitude 29.6 North, longitude 53.6 West. Nigel is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). The hurricane is forecast to turn northward late today, and then accelerate rapidly northeastward through the rest of the week.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Nigel is forecast to strengthen some through early Wednesday, with weakening likely on Thursday and Friday. Nigel is forecast to become a strong post-tropical cyclone on Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 979 mb (28.91 inches).

Swells generated by Nigel are expected to reach Bermuda later today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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