Hurricanes - Typhoons

Bermuda braces for direct hit from Hurricane Nicole

Hurricane Nicole's projected path.

Hurricane Nicole's projected path.  (National Weather Service)

Authorities in Bermuda are closing schools and government offices as the British territory prepares for a direct hit from Hurricane Nicole.

The Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen a bit before striking the island on Thursday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Nicole was located about 320 miles south-southwest of Bermuda on Wednesday morning. It had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was moving north-northwest at 5 mph.

American Airlines and Air Canada are among several that have canceled flights to the island.

Bermuda has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to storms.