Deadly Otto hits Nicaragua as Cat­e­gory 2 hur­ri­cane

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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.

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