Hurricane Otto to Landfall in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Meteorologists in the United States have warned that Otto is the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934.

Hurricane Otto strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane on Thursday and is just hours away from making landfall near the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, with 105 mph winds carrying with it the dangers of flooding and mudslides.

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According to civil protection agencies, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as the storm heads toward Central America. Otto has already caused heavy rains in Panama.

Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said they have evacuated about 10,000 people to safeguard human life as they await the hurricane's imminent arrival. She added that authorities have arranged shelters in safe areas. 

Meteorologists in the United States have warned that Otto is the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934.

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In Panama, nine people were trapped in a landslide on Tuesday; seven were rescued but two were pulled from the mud dead. A child in Panama City was also killed when a tree fell. 

An alert remains for the coast of Nicaragua north of Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and for the coast of Costa Rica south of Limon to the Costa Rica-Panama border.

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Hurricane Otto Hits Costa Rica

San José, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica today began to feel the increase in the influence of Hurricane Otto, which according to forecasts will hit the nation in the afternoon in a point near the border with Nicaragua.

The most recent official reports recorded more than 1,000 people compulsorily evacuated in localities on the Caribbean coast, about 1,200 affected homes in 148 communities due to the rains associated with the phenomenon and 32 disrupted roads.

Otto acquired a category of hurricane on Tuesday afternoon when it was about 370 kilometers off the Costa Rican coast (Puerto Limon) and moves west at less than 10 kilometers per hour.

The National Meteorological Institute predicted that Otto will land on the sector Barra del Colorado sector in the northern Caribbean of Costa Rica, bordering Nicaragua.

The Nicaraguan president, Luis Guillermo Solis, considered that this is a historical hurricane for being the first that touches directly the national territory.

Yesterday, the national authorities held yesterday contacts with their peers of Panama and Nicaragua to coordinate actions facing the damages that Otto will cause as it passes through the region.

On the other hand, the Costa Rican Football Federation cancelled matches on the second date of the Winter Tournament scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday, while important shopping centers moved the so-called Black Friday for the next week.

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