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Intensifying Tropical Storm Nicole to threaten Bermuda this week

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Tropical Storm Nicole is poised to become a hurricane once again and threaten Bermuda later this week.

Nicole will push toward Bermuda this week after stalling.

"It is expected to be picked up by an incoming upper-level trough and cold front early this week, sending it northward toward Bermuda," AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

As Nicole moves northward, it will enter an environment favorable for strengthening. The system could become a hurricane as early as Tuesday.

Nicole will send swells northward toward Bermuda early this week. The initial impacts to the islands from this storm will be in the form of rough surf and dangerous rip currents.

Nicole will likely be a hurricane on Thursday when it is expected to make its closest pass to Bermuda.

Strong winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding are all possible, even if the storm swipes the islands.

A scenario where the center of Nicole passes close to or over Bermuda will likely bring the most severe conditions to the islands.

Residents and visitors to Bermuda should closely monitor the progress of Nicole over the coming days.

In terms of the number of named tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin, the 2016 season has been the most active since 2012.

There have been 14 tropical storms and six hurricanes so far this year in the Atlantic Basin. On average, there are 11 tropical storms and six hurricanes.

However, there are no indications of additional tropical development across the Atlantic Basin through at least the next week.

The tropical Atlantic hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.