Deadly Otto hits Nicaragua as Category 2 hurricane
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Hurricane Otto made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on a sparsely populated stretch of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast Thursday, becoming the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the unusually strong late-season hurricane hit land just north of the Costa Rican border near the town of San Juan de Nicaragua with winds of 110 mph. The center said Otto’s winds later weakened to 100 mph as it moved inland near the border with Costa Rica.
The center called Otto dangerous because of the heavy rains and storm surge it carries, and forecasters said it was likely to cross over land and enter the Pacific.
The storm has already been blamed for three deaths in Panama.