Otto's hurricane landfall was the latest in any calendar year on record in the Atlantic Basin, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist, Dr. Phil Klotzbach. [1] Traveling along the Nicaragua–Costa Rica border, the system rapidly weakened to a tropical storm before emerging over the eastern Pacific Ocean, becoming the final storm of the 2016 Pacific hurricane season as well. Overall, total economic losses from the hurricane exceeded US$190 million. There are thousands of websites out there with links and embedded forecasts from weather servers and they’re all wrong. [22], About 10,000 people required humanitarian assistance following the storm. [1] The low moved slowly and erratically, with a disorganized structure and light winds,[4] disrupted by unfavorable upper-level conditions. And most impressively, if Otto makes landfall in Costa Rica, it will be that country's first hurricane landfall in recorded history (since 1851). It’s the tropics, there’s always a “chance of rain.” Weather.com and other sites serve weathe… Forming late on November 20 in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, Otto was the fifteenth and final named storm, seventh hurricane and fourth major hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. High winds downed trees in Panama City, one of which fell on a car killing a child. "Otto' could be first hurricane to make landfall in Costa Rica since al least 1851" the Washington Post quoted. The first option will be automatically selected. Otto was the record latest-in-season hurricane landfall anywhere in the Atlantic Basin. Answer 1 of 9: Are people in Tamarindo making preparations for Hurricane Otto? Democratic Republic of the Congo | Français, State of Vatican City (Holy See) | Italiano, the latest in any calendar year on record in the Atlantic Basin, Otto intensified from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Hurricane Otto was the first tropical cyclone since Hurricane Cesar–Douglas in 1996 to survive the crossover from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The hurricane's unusually southern formation in the Caribbean Sea led to impacts in countries rarely affected by tropical cyclones. It quickly intensified into a strong tropical storm the next day, and on November 23–24, rapidly strengthened into a Category 3 major hurricane, the first in the month of November since Hurricane Paloma in 2008, and the latest date an Atlantic hurricane attained such intensity on record. [9] After the convection organized into a central dense overcast, Otto became a strong tropical storm with 70 mph (110 km/h) winds, and maintained that intensity for about a day. [20] Authorities calculated at least ₡106 billion (US$192.2 million) in damages across the country, including ₡38 billion (US$68.9 million) in Upala canton, and another ₡19 billion (US$34.4 million) in Bagaces. Otto crossed through Nicaragua and Costa Rica after a record late hurricane landfall on Thanksgiving Day. November tropical storm and hurricane impacts in the United States. This marked the southernmost landfall of a hurricane in Central America since reliable records began, eclipsing Hurricane Irene–Olivia of 1971 by 30 to 35 miles (50 to 55 km). Continuing to move westwards due to the influence of a subtropical ridge to its north, Otto steadily weakened as it moved away from Central America. The highest recorded total was 12.11 in (308 mm) at the Miravalles Volcano. Tropical cyclone origin points for November. Type at least three characters to start auto complete. (Note, prior to the 2000-2001 season, it was decided these "crosser" storms would keep the same name, rather than attain a different name upon arriving in a different basin). Maximum sustained winds were 115 mph at landfall, making Otto a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. In particular, Panama and Costa Rica suffered extensive damage. [1] Concurrently, the system weakened to a tropical storm. The storm passage caused 11,678 people to stay in 152 temporary shelters. [11] Despite moving over land, the hurricane's eye remained well-defined and intact as it traversed Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Local Red Cross volunteers, police officers, and firefighters brought food and other supplies to the 42 communities left isolated due to Otto. [1], After landfall, Otto's structure remained well-organized as it moved roughly parallel to the Costa Rica-Nicaraguan border, although cloud tops warmed, indicating diminishing convection. [2] After a convectively coupled Kelvin wave and several nearby tropical waves interacted with each other in the aforementioned area, atmospheric pressure in that region began falling on November 14,[3] resulting in a broad low pressure area forming north of Colombia on November 15. The eye of Hurricane Otto made landfall in Costa Rica at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the northern Alajuela canton of Los Chiles, the National Meteorological Institute… The storm claimed at least 23 lives: 10 in Costa Rica, 9 in Panama, and 4 in Nicaragua. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Otto was a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140km/h (85mph) and was moving west at a speed of 15km/h (9mph). Only one of those nine hurricanes occurred in the southwest Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Martha in 1969. We recognize our responsibility to use data and technology for good. Twenty of those became hurricanes. (MORE: Otto Impacts Central America | Hurricane Central). Only nine tropical cyclones became hurricanes anywhere in the Atlantic Basin after November 21 from 1950 through 2015. [19] Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solis described the situation as "chaotic and unprecedented," with the worst effects in Upala canton. Lastly, Otto was only the fifth tropical cyclone to have crossed from the Atlantic to eastern Pacific basin intact and the first to have done so in 20 years, according to Dr. Klotzbach. [15], Rainfall across Nicaragua generally amounted to 3 to 6 in (76 to 152 mm) in southern and southwestern portions of the country; a peak value of 6.35 in (161 mm) was observed in El Castillo. An unusually late-season Hurricane Otto swirls over the Caribbean just off Central America and heads toward landfall in Nicaragua after regaining strength. [1][10] At 17:30 UTC, Otto made landfall over the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve in southeastern Nicaragua, roughly 12 miles (19 km) northwest of the Nicaragua–Costa Rica border at peak intensity.