Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Hurricane Otto makes landfall on coast of Nicaragua

Hurricane Otto makes landfall on coast of Nicaragua

Hurricane Otto weakened rapidly as it moved across southern Nicaragua on Thursday after making landfall on that country's Caribbean coast as a dangerous Category 2 storm. It was the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Otto had weakened into a Category 1 storm and was expected to emerge off of Central America's Pacific coast by early Friday as a tropical storm.

Authorities in Nicaragua said the hurricane 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.

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