This week Costa Rica is facing the effects of the Tropical Storm “Otto.”
The National Hurricane Center forecasters have amplified the intensity forecast of the Tropical Storm; it has come down in the strength of its winds in the recent hours from Hurricane Category 1 to a tropical storm.
However, this may change again as it may reach 90 mph winds before it hits our coastline.
The 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 (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 23nd 7 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Otto was about 175 miles (280 Km) from Limon in Costa Rica and 350 miles (250 Km) east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua and moving. Its minimum central pressure was 994 mb.
“Otto expected to restrengthen over the Southwestern Caribbean Sea” forecasters wrote this morning. (Click here to see complete report)
Otto is expected to make landfall early Thursday in Costa Rica’s north Atlantic with winds of up to 90mph, said meteorologists in the U.S., dumping a possible total of 18 inches before heading into the Pacific.
“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.”
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís ordered communities along Costa Rica’s northern Atlantic coast to leave their homes in advance of Tropical Storm Otto’s imminent arrival.
A red alert, the highest alert, has been issued by the Costa Rican National Emergency Commission for the Caribbean coast and Costa Rica’s northern region. The rest of the country has been placed under yellow alert, the second of the three alert categories, said the commission.
For us, at Camino Travel, is necessary to keep our clients and friends informed about this situation. Although, it is also as important to clarify the fact that the Costa Rican authorities are doing a remarkable job in preventing tragedies and saving lives.
Camino Travel Operations Team has been monitoring this week operation thoroughly, and we will be in full communication with passengers in the country to prevent and avoid any troublesome situation.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
*For a clearer idea of the affected areas, please check Windytv.com