Costa Rica faces the effects of the Tropical Storm known as “Otto.” The National Hurricane Center forecasters have amplified the intensity forecast of the Tropical Storm, expecting it to develop a strong Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds before it hits Central America coastline.
The increased intensity forecast means Otto will remain a tropical cyclone during its trip through Central America and will hit somewhere along the Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica or Nicaragua today evening or tomorrow Wednesday, November 23rd.
Otto is unusual for forming this late in the hurricane season, but it is taking advantage of the ultra-warm waters of the Caribbean and a pocket of atmosphere where there is little wind shear to help tear it apart.
As of today November 22nd 7 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Otto was about 335 miles east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua and was not moving. It’s minimum central pressure was 986 mm.
“Land interaction will cause weakening after landfall, but a stronger Otto is less likely to dissipate as quickly over the eastern Pacific,” forecasters wrote this morning.
Otto is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours and begin moving west. Rainfall is a big concern with Otto with forecasters predicting up to 6 inches of rain with this storm. Some areas could get up to 15 inches.
“These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” hurricane center forecasters wrote. “Additional heaving rainfall may move into portions of Costa Rica Wednesday night into Thursday as the system approaches the coast.”
The Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is on red alert, meaning the operation to & from Tortuguero has been closed, as well as to Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, and Manzanillo beaches. And the rest of the country is on yellow alert, which means constant monitoring on rainfall.
We are reviewing this week operation thoroughly, and we will be in full communication with our passengers in the country to prevent and avoid any troublesome situation.
We will keep you informed in case any safety measures are taken by the authorities.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
Your Camino Travel Team.
*For a clearer idea of the affected areas, please check this video: