Tropical Storm Otto Pulling Away From Central America After a Record Late Hurricane Landfall in Nicaragua

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Otto made landfall Thursday afternoon in southern Nicaragua, and has now crossed into the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Otto was the record latest-in-season hurricane landfall anywhere in the Atlantic Basin.

Otto was also the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record this late in the season.

Tropical Storm Otto is now in the eastern Pacific Ocean pulling away from Nicaragua and Costa Rica after a historically late hurricane landfall on Thanksgiving Day.

Otto made landfall just before 1 p.m. EST Thursday as a hurricane near the town of San Juan de Nicaragua in southern Nicaragua.

Maximum sustained winds were 110 mph at landfall, making Otto a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Otto intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 2 hurricane in less than 24 hours before landfall.

Otto is now over 100 miles west of the Costa Rica Pacific coast, as of late Friday morning.
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