Hurricane Otto nears Nicaragua
Hurricane Otto churned toward the sparsely-populated Caribbean coast border of Nicaragua and Costa Rica yesterday as an unusually strong late-season storm.
Nicaragua also closed schools and was evacuating more than 10,000 people from communities in the storm’s path. Heavy rains were expected to affect the entire country yesterday and today, raising the possibility of flooding and landslides in the interior.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had regained hurricane strength late Nov. 23 night, with winds of 140 kph, after fluctuating between tropical storm and hurricane status earlier this week.