Oct 13 Hurricane Nicole weakened on Thursday
afternoon as it moved into the open sea after making a direct
hit on Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per
hour (175 kph), was a strong Category 2 hurricane on the
five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and capable of causing extensive
By late afternoon, it was 130 miles (210 km) northeast of
Bermuda, a British overseas territory that is a major insurance
and reinsurance center.
(Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Peter