Hurricane Nicole Is Coming!

Hurricane Alert

The U.S. Consulate in Hamilton, Bermuda, informs U.S. citizens that Hurricane Nicole is a threat to Bermuda, and the hurricane warning is in effect. Nicole is forecasted to pass Bermuda as a Category Two Hurricane on Thursday, October 13th,  with wind gusts up to 120 MPH.

For the latest updates on the storm please see http://www.weather.bm/maps/TropicalStormInfo.asp?WTNTnum=WTNT22.

Please take a look at the preparedness guide created by the Emergency Measures Organization of Bermuda to help private individuals and share this guide with your family members. https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/Hurricane_preparedness_flyer%202016.pdf 

NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php andhttp://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform your family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  By enrolling, you will receive the most recent security and safety updates during your trip.  Enrollment also ensures that you can be reached during an emergency.  While we will do our utmost to assist you in a crisis, be aware that local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions.

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department’s “Hurricane webpage. You can get updated information on travel to your destination from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada or, from outside the United States and Canada, 1-202-501-4444.  We also encourage you to check the Country Specific Information and the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate with consular responsibilities for the territory you will be visiting.  Follow us on Twitter and become a fan of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ page on Facebook as well.