Goodbye Otto 11/25

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.

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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.

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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.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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8 Responses to Goodbye Otto 11/25

  1. Susan Wiest says:

    Thank you for this post! My husband and I find weather very interesting and, although, we live in Florida, he keeps a constant eye on the temp in Panama! Love Panama!!

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    • Ahh yes, we lived in Florida too and thought we were leaving all the weather concerns behind. Usually here – is it going to rain? and it’s hot/not so hot Totally covers the weather because not much happens here.

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  2. Someone left a comment on Wunderground this morning saying the television showed some areas greatly affected, including deaths.. I found this story:

    http://www.nacion.com/sucesos/desastres/upala-huracan-otto-costa-rica-tormenta_0_1599640057.html

    My friends in Central Nicoya Penisula received little — rain/winds and feel very fortunate.

    Any word from ?Debbie and /Ron and resports from Ometepe/Rivas – San Juan Del Sur?

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    • I think everything is much better than expected. Deb said the island is fine. They got a lot of rain but very little wind. I’m not surprised there were some deaths. I think a lot of people live in poor housing, and of course one can just be in the wrong place at the wrong time and your luck runs out.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Kris,
    I’ve been keeping up with Otto & your posts. So glad all is getting better finally! Keep your posts coming. I sure do enjoy & always learn something. Txs, ChristyK

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  4. jim and nena says:

    Hola Kris,
    the weather is certainly crazy there but we are glad the major part of the storm passed by. Perhaps the rainy season is making up for a late start?
    We started Black Friday with cold rain but by afternoon the sun was shining and it was warm enough for me to head out for more tuba fours for the tree house project I’m building. I have to get past a mall to reach the lumber store but it did not seem as crazy as years past.
    We also finished both Thanksgiving meals, one with each son’s families. I may not eat again until Christmas!

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  5. The sky is blue this morning. I almost hate to say anything in case it starts to rain again.
    Tuba fours LOL Glad to hear you have a fun project and that you got to spend the holiday with all your family. Maybe the construction project will help you work off all the holiday eating.

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