Hurricane Otto, the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, is within 36 hours away from an extremely rare late November hurricane landfall in Nicaragua or Costa Rica, posing a danger of flooding and mudslides in parts of Central America.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua north of Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and for the coast of Costa Rica south of Limon to the Costa Rica/Panama border. This means that hurricane conditions are possible here.

According to NOAA’s best track database, only 18 storms of at least tropical storm strength had formed on or after November 21 dating to 1950.

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