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Nicoyan Shopkeeper Cancels Black Friday Sales and Donates Clothing for Victims Of Hurricane Otto

Nicoyan Shopkeeper Cancels Black Friday Sales and Donates Clothing for Victims Of Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste – On Friday morning, Nov. 25, news stations broadcast live reports of the destruction left by Hurricane Otto, both in Guanacaste and across the country. After seeing the news, Karen Barrantes decided that her store, Cover 25, would not profit from Black Friday. For days, the men’s […]

9 Deaths Confirmed From Hurricane Otto

9 Deaths Confirmed From Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS, SAN JOSE 7:35pm – It’s been 24 hours since the eye of Hurricane Otto descended on the northern town of Upala, a community of some 45,000 that is tonight struggling to return some form of normalcy, but never again they it was. Emergency crews are working around the clock to restore […]

What Was San Jose Like On Thursday?

What Was San Jose Like On Thursday?

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – While the north Caribbean coast northern zone communities of San Carlos and Upala was being battered by Hurricane Otto, life in San Jose was nothing more than like any other rainy day. This photo by Juan Carlos Ulate published on Reuters tells the story, of people walking with umbrellas. The […]

Upala And Liberia Mayors Criticize Lack Of Support By CNE

Q COSTA RICA NEWS 8:55pm Thursday. Both the mayors of Upala and Liberia, in the northern zone and Guancaste respectively, have critized the National Emergency Commission (CNE) for focusing their work on the landfall areas and not the tail end of Hurricane Otto. Upala’s mayor, Juan Bosco, during a live national television broadcast had strong […]

A Weakend Otto Rapidly Moving Towards The Pacific Ocean

A Weakend Otto Rapidly Moving Towards The Pacific Ocean

7:55pm Thursday. Making landfall early this morning as a Category 2, Hurricane Otto weakened rapidly as it moved across southern Nicaragua and currently making its way through northern Costa Rica. At 7:45pm, Otto is battering the largest of the populated area in its path, the border town of Upala and moving west at 19 km/h. […]

Deadly Hurricane Descends on Nicaragua

Deadly Hurricane Descends on Nicaragua

Screen capture from Windytv.com Thursday, 10:30pm – Hurricane Otto is within minutes of making landfall, bearing down on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua a few km/h shy of a Category 3 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reports the Category 2 Hurricane Otto with sustained wind speeds of 175 km/h (178 to make it […]

Otto Continues To Gain Strength, Approaching Category 3

Otto Continues To Gain Strength, Approaching Category 3

9:00am SAN JOSE – Hurricane Otto continues to gain strength, very close to being classed a Category 3 hurricane as it nears the Caribbean coast between Nicaragua’s Bluefields and Costa Rica’s Isla Calero. The winds at 9:00am is 175 km/h, 3 km short of a category 3. In the latest report by the National Hurricane […]

Is This The Calm Before The Storm?

Is This The Calm Before The Storm?

UPDATE 9:25am Thursday: Here in Piedades all still calm. It’s been raining on an off, a very light rain. I continue to watch the images on television, local channels 6 and 7 have suspended all regular programming to broadcast live from various parts of the country. Nothing of what I see in places like Cuidad […]

Costa Rica Braces For The Arrival Of Otto

Costa Rica Braces For The Arrival Of Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Hurricane Otto is steadily advancing toward the Caribbean coast between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, with wind speeds of up to 140 km/h. This was confirmed by the report issued by the US National Hurricane Center at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Wednesday evening President Luis Guillermo Solis made a passionate call, […]

“This Is Not A Rainfall,” Warns Costa Rica President Solis

“This Is Not A Rainfall,” Warns Costa Rica President Solis

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – “This is not a rainfall,” were the words of Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis this morning following hours of early morning meetings with a group of legislators and heads of various national relief and emergency support committees. The meeting at Casa Presidencial began before 7:00am. Shortly after 9:00am, President […]

Bluefields, Nicaragua Readying For Hurricane Otto

Bluefields, Nicaragua Readying For Hurricane Otto

Photo from END TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – The city of Bluefields since Tuesday began prepapring for the arrival of Hurricane Otto. Twenty-eight years ago, Hurricane Juana caused the evacuation of 321,372 people, 121 dead and 19 missing. “But now the conditions are better,” said Johnny Hodgson, government delegate for the South Caribbean coast. Photo from […]

Rare hurricane bearing down on Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Rare hurricane bearing down on Nicaragua, Costa Rica

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – Hurricane season officially ends on November 30, and while the month of November can have named storms, the season is generally winding down. Impactful storms are infrequent occurrences, especially this late in November. Otto formed in the southern Caribbean early this week as the National Hurricane Center closely monitored the area. […]

Hurricane Otto: Where to Check The Status Of Your Flight To and From Costa Rica?

Hurricane Otto: Where to Check The Status Of Your Flight To and From Costa Rica?

Traveling to and from Costa Rica’s San Jose airport can be affected by Hurricane Otto. At the Q we’ve compiled a list of airlines with regular service to and from the San Jose (SJO) airport, Costa Rica’s main international airport. If we’ve missed an airline, please add it in the comments section or send us […]

Recommendations For Tourists Visiting or Foreigners Living In Costa Rica

Recommendations For Tourists Visiting or Foreigners Living In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – All visitors and foreigners living in Costa Rica should take precautions against the possibility of heavy rains, strong winds, flooding, and mudslides throughout Costa Rica as a result of Hurricane Otto. Otto is currently located east of Puerto Limon in the Caribbean Sea and is approaching Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  It […]

HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR COSTA RICA AND SOUTHERN NICARAGUA

HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR COSTA RICA AND SOUTHERN NICARAGUA

…Otto To Become Hurricane Today… Q COSTA RICA NEWS – The US National Hurricane Center, based in Miami, changed its forecast and said that Tropical Storm Otto will become a Hurricane “this Tuesday,” and not Wednesday, as announced on Monday. The call continues for a voluntary evacuation and the people in the affected areas to […]

Slow-Strengthening Tropical Depression Expected To Convert To Hurricane And Hit Costa Rica On Wednesday

Slow-Strengthening Tropical Depression Expected To Convert To Hurricane And Hit Costa Rica On Wednesday

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Tropical Depression Sixteen will become a Hurricane Otto on Wednesday heading into the northeastern part of Costa Rica and southeastern Nicaragua, says the U.S. based National Hurricane Centre (NHC). The almost-stationary storm is about 282 kilometres (175 miles) east-southeast of the San Andres island,  with maximum sustained winds of 80 […]