Hurricane Otto crawls westward over Caribbean

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By: Associated Press
November 22, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Late-season Hurricane Otto is crawling westward toward Central America's Caribbean coast with little change in strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Otto is now centered about 230 miles (370 kilometers) east of Limon, Costa Rica and moving to the west at 2 mph (4 kph).

It's also about 295 miles (475 kilometers) east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

Forecasters say the hurricane has top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and should gain more strength in coming days until landfall.


By: Associated Press
November 22, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Otto has gained hurricane status in the Caribbean as it edges closer to parts of Central America.

The Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center says Otto strengthened Tuesday and now has top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). The forecasters say the storm is centered about 235 miles (375 kilometers) east of Limon, Costa Rica.

Otto is also about 305 miles (485 kilometers) east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It is moving west at 2 mph (4 kph) after being almost stationary earlier Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center says Colombia has issued a tropical storm warning for San Andres Island. Nicaragua has posted a tropical storm watch for that Central American nation from Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi. Some other areas in the region also under a tropical storm watch or warning.

Forecasters say more strengthening is expected in coming days.



By: Associated Press
November 22, 2016

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Civil defense officials in Panama say the country has already seen three deaths blamed on late-season Tropical Storm Otto.

The agency says two people died in landslides, and a child was killed when a tree fell on a car outside a school in Panama City.

Panama announced Tuesday it was cancelling classes it began to release water from locks and lakes feeding the Panama Canal.

Otto is gained strength in the Caribbean and could become a hurricane soon as it heads for a possible Thursday landfall in Costa Rica or Nicaragua.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has top sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) and is nearly stationary about 245 miles (395 kilometers) east of Limon, Costa Rica..


By: Associated Press
November 21, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Late-season Tropical Storm Otto is hovering in the southwest Caribbean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane in the next few days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) Monday afternoon and was nearly stationary about 315 miles (505 kilometers) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It also is about 190 miles (305 kilometers) east-southeast of San Andres Island.

The center says Nicaragua, Costa Rica and some southwest Caribbean islands should watch the storm's progress but no coastal watches or warnings are currently in effect.

Forecasters say more strengthening is expected and hurricane status could be reached within days. They also say heavy rains associated with the storm could fall in Panama and Costa Rica later this week.


By: Associated Press
November 21, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- Late-season Tropical Storm Otto has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane in the coming days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) as of 1 p.m. EST Monday and was nearly stationary about 305 miles (495 kilometers) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It also is about 175 miles (285 kilometers) east-southeast of San Andres Island.

The center says Nicaragua, Costa Rica and some islands in the southwest Caribbean should monitor the storm's progress though no coastal watches or warnings are currently in effect.

Forecasters say more strengthening is expected and hurricane status could be reached within a few days.


By: Associated Press
November 21, 2016

MIAMI (AP) -- A late-season tropical depression has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and forecasters say it's expected to become a tropical storm.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 35 mph (56 kph) with additional strengthening forecast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later in the day or overnight.

The depression is centered about 170 miles (274 kilometers) east-southeast of San Andres Island and has been nearly stationary with little movement expected during the day.



 
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