Unusually late TS Otto takes aim at Central America

Even if Otto doesn't make a direct hit in Costa Rica, hurricane force winds will still be experience along the Costa Rican coastline.

Its rains "will likely result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides", while "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" will be experienced along the coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the US center warned.

Additional strengthening is expected for the next few days until landfall, the Miami-based weather forecasting agency said.

The UK Foreign Office has warned visitors to monitor its progress via the National Hurricane Center and to follow local advice.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's best track database, only 18 storms of at least tropical storm strength had formed on or after November 21 dating to 1950.

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

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season threw a late season curveball Tuesday: Hurricane Otto off the coast of Central America.

The U.S. -based National Hurricane Center said flash floods, rip tides and unsafe surf could be an issue along much of the east coast of Central America, with Panama also at risk.

The storm has its sights set on the coastline of Central America. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Nargana to Colon and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for San Andres to the west of Colon to the Costa Rica/Panama border.

Otto sets a new record for the latest hurricane to form in the season since Hurricane Martha in 1969, the NHC said. Hurricane Otto comes just weeks after Hurricane Matthew killed an estimated 1,000 people in Haiti and caused damage across the region, including the US. Should that be the case, it would be the first hurricane to make landfall in Costa Rica since reliable records began being kept in 1951.

Locations under a tropical storm watch include the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, from Puerto Sandino to Santa Elena and the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, from Santa Elena to Puntarenas.

Costa Rica orders evacuations for hurricane threat was posted in World of TheNews International - https://www.thenews.com.pk on November 22, 2016 and was last updated on November 22, 2016.

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