Hurricane Otto: update

24
Nov

Otto, currently a Category 2 hurricane, will threaten part of Central America with flooding, mudslides and damaging winds into Friday.

As if the matter was not serious enough for Central America, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador and may have generated a tsunami.

The hurricane made landfall over southeastern Nicaragua during the midday hours on Thursday. Otto will move westward along the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border into Friday.

As if the matter was not serious enough for Central America, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador and may have generated a tsunami.

The hurricane made landfall over southeastern Nicaragua during the midday hours on Thursday. Otto will move westward along the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border into Friday.

Winds will be strong enough near the center of the storm and in clusters of thunderstorms farther away from the center to knock down trees, cause property damage and power outages.

Cities at risk for dangerous conditions include Rivas and San Carlos, Nicaragua; and Monteverde and La Cruz, Costa Rica.

The storm has already been blamed for three deaths in Panama, the Associated Press reported. Two people were killed in landslides, while a child died after a tree fell on a car.

Seas and surf will remain at dangerous levels over the southwestern Caribbean Sea and will build along the eastern shores of the Pacific Ocean in Central America.

Large ships approaching and waiting to pass through the Panama Canal should be prepared for rough seas. Small craft, such as fishing vessels, in the region should remain in port through Friday. This includes vessels on Lake Nicaragua.

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