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Hurricane Otto bears down on Central America unusually late in season

Hurricane Otto bears down on Central America unusually late in season

An unusually late-season Hurricane Otto swirled over the Caribbean just off Central America on Wednesday and headed toward landfall in Nicaragua after regaining strength.

Heavy rains from the storm were blamed for three deaths in Panama, and officials in Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from its Caribbean coast.

Nicaragua ordered evacuations in low-lying areas of its sparsely populated Caribbean coast, an order that could cover about 7,000 people.

The country's disaster prevention agency said classes would be canceled in the area south of the town of Bluefields which was hit hard by Hurricane Joan in 1988.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said...

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