Hurricane Otto makes landfall on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast

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Hurricane Otto is seen approaching the coast of Central America in this NOAA GOES satellite image taken at 9:15 a.m. ET onNovember 24. Photo by  NOAA/Handout via Reuters

Hurricane Otto is seen approaching the coast of Central America in this NOAA GOES satellite image taken at 9:15 a.m. ET onNovember 24. Photo by NOAA/Handout via Reuters

Hurricane Otto gained speed and intensity today as it slammed into Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast as a Category 2 storm. It made landfall at 1 p.m. ET just north of the Costa Rican border, the Associated Press reported.

The unusually strong, late-season hurricane packed winds up to 110 miles per hour and brought with it torrential rains, causing life-threatening floods and mudslides, according to the AP.

Officials evacuated more than 10,000 people, including many who crowded onto buses bound for shelters.

Otto is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by tonight.

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