Costa Rica, Nicaragua brace for deadly hurricane


BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua: Costa Rica declared a national emergency hours before a Caribbean hurricane that was expected to rip into it and neighboring Nicaragua on Thursday. Hurricane Otto, upgraded from a tropical storm by the US National Hurricane Center, was packing sustained winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour that were forecast to strengthen further before landfall. The slow-moving system was expected to churn slowly through northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua over two days, dumping heavy rains that the US center warned would likely cause “life threatening flash floods and mud slides.” Both countries had issued red alerts for the areas to be worst-hit, evacuated thousands of people and ordered the closure of schools, some of which were designated shelters.



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