Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Hurricane Otto makes landfall, bringing strong winds and drenching rain to Central America

Hurricane Otto makes landfall, bringing strong winds and drenching rain to Central America

Hurricane Otto made landfall as a dangerous Category 2 hurricane on a sparsely populated stretch of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast Thursday, becoming the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America.

Authorities in Nicaragua said Otto had damaged houses and toppled trees, but so far there were no reports of casualties. Earlier, heavy rains from the storm were blamed for three deaths in Panama.

Otto battered Nicaragua's Corn Islands with 11-feet-high waves, but residents were all safe in refuges, said the archipelago mayor, Cleveland Rolando Webster.

"There is a lot of rain, the sea is rough and the wind is strong. We have been in danger all night, getting...

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