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Hurricane Otto Makes Landfall in Nicaragua

24 Nov 2016, 1:59 pm

Hurricane Otto made landfall close to 12 p.m. CST today near the town of San Juan de Nicaragua in far southern Nicaragua. It was a category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph at landfall. Otto is now the southernmost hurricane to make landfall in Central America and the strongest on record for the tropical Atlantic this late in the season. The hurricane was the 7th of the year in the Atlantic Basin.

Flooding and mudslides have been extensive with the storm in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and nearby Panama. Rainfall totals of near a foot, with isolated areas seeing 20″ are not out of the question with the storm.

Otto will likely lose some intensity as it travels across the higher terrain in Central America. The storm will move into the Pacific Ocean Friday, but heavy rain and wind is still expected through tomorrow for the Central American counties.

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The flooding rain and mudslide threat will finally move away of Central America by the weekend.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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