Otto has left the area and is making it’s way west out in the Pacific. It landed yesterday afternoon in Nicaragua just north of the Costa Rica border, and made it’s way west through Nicaragua and northwest Costa Rica. Thankfully there are no reports of deaths, but of course there was wind and lots of rain so there will be a good amount of cleaning up to do.
There is an article HERE that has more information about the storm. It is unusual because it is so late in the season and because it is so far south, the farthest south in recorded history. It is also unusual that it didn’t weaken enough to lose its named tropical storm status as it crossed land, so it kept its same name in the Pacific.
This is the current weather/rain picture. It looks much calmer than it did yesterday, though heavy rains are still likely in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Here in David it is cool, still, and cloudy. We saw a patch of blue sky when we got up but it didn’t last long. Ooops, I spoke too soon. It has just started to rain again. *sigh* I’m fine with rain but nine days straight is a bit much. I wonder if it will put a damper on the Black Friday insanity shopping? Probably not.
I have been concentrating on the storm because that is what has been affecting us in Panama, but yesterday there was also a 7.0 earthquake off the coast of El Salvador. (article HERE) There were tsunami warnings for a while for Nicaragua and El Salvador but thankfully that didn’t happen, and there are no reports of significant damage either. We didn’t feel the earthquake here.
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving, and that Central America has more peaceful times going forward.