"Hurricane Nicole may be a category 4 but we're tiny and strong".
As Bermuda braces for Hurricane Nicole this week, the teams are not leaving anything to chance.
Wind brought by Hurricane Nicole makes water break over the dock on Ordnance Island in St. Georges, Bermuda, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Tropical storm force winds reach out 175 miles.
The storm's top sustained winds have increased to near 215 kilometres per hour, with higher gusts, the Miami-based NHC said.
The hurricane which has now been upgraded to a Category 4 on a scale of 5, is due to hit Bermuda just after noon, local time.
It said Nicole is expected to produce rainfall of five to eight inches (10 to 20 centimeters) over Bermuda.
Nicole won't directly affect the United States, but the hurricane center said waves generated by the storm would begin to spread from the Carolinas northward along the East Coast over the next few days.