Otto makes landfall on southern coast of Nicaragua

By Bryan Karrick, Chief Meteorologist
Last Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 1:22 PM EST

The eye of Hurricane Otto, a Category 2 storm, made landfall Thursday along the southern coast of Nicaragua near the town of San Juan de Nicaragua. 

  • Otto made landfall in southern Nicaragua
  • Otto was a Category 2 storm when it made landfall
  • Hurricane season ends Nov. 30

Otto is currently located about 90 miles northwest of Limon, Costa Rica, and 70 miles south of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It is moving west at 9 mph. 

Besides hurricane-force winds, widespread rainfall of 6-12 inches is forecast for the impacted areas, with isolated pockets of 15-20 inches. Life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides are a very big concern.

Otto will weaken into tropical storm status as it pushes off the coast and into the eastern Pacific on Friday.

Otto is the southernmost landfalling hurricane in Central America on record.

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.