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What impact would a category 5 have in a city like San Jose, Costa Rica?

I am a great fan (reader) of Quora. Sometimes I spend way too much time there, but a heck of a lot better than the time I spend (waste) on Facebook. Many of the questions are silly, but it is fun to read some of...

Hurricane Otto Victims Begin Process to Recover Homes

(Q COSTA RICA, by David Bolaños, Vozdeguanacaste) Mario Barboza wheels the last wheelbarrow full of mud from his home in Guayabo de Bagaces so that he can move back in after Hurricane Otto left his small hamlet nearly wiped out on Nov. 24. It’s early...

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...

At 108 Cabo lolo Is A Survivor Of Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - At 108 Cabo lolo has lived through most of the memorable events that have marked the history of Costa Rica. Last Thursday November 24 added a new memory to his history. José Dolores Jacamo Palma, known as "Cabo lolo",  who...

Costa Rica Begins Three Days Of National Mourning For The Victims of Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - This morning, Monday, began the three days of national mourning decreed by the government for the death of ten people, among then 3 minors, in Upala and Bagaces, victims of Hurricane Otto's trek in Costa Rica. In a brief ceremony,...

Getting Back To Normal That Will Never Be The Same; Death Toll Now 10

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Costa Rica continues with a RED ALERT in seven cantones (counties): Upala, Bagaces, Guatuso and Los Chiles in the north and Golfito and Corredores in the south, in the aftermath of Hurrican otto. While, two cantones, Osa and Coto Brus...

How To Donate For Those Affect By Otto, Even From Abroad

Q COSTA RICA - As the towns of Upala and Bagaces, two of the hardest hit by Hurricane Otto, as they try to get back to some type of normalcy and the thousands in the Caribbean region who are expected to be returning to...

The Aftermath of Otto in Upala and Bagaces (Photos)

Photos from various sources, including La Nacion and Facebook, of the aftermath of Hurricane Otto on the communities of Upala (Alajuela) and Bagaces (Guanacaste). Upala Bagaces

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...

UPALA, In The Eye of The Hurricane, This Friday Morning (Photos)

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - The northern town of Upala was perhaps the single most hardest hit of Hurricane Otto. This community of 45,000 people was in the eye of the storm, as Hurricane Otto made a last-minute turn after picking up speed as...

3 Dead, Dozens Missing, Costa Rica Recovering From Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS SAN JOSE 9:17AM - As predicted, Hurricane Otto left Costa Rica in the early hours of this morning, but not before leave a wake of destruction, particularly in the town of Upala, in Alajuela, that was in the eye of...

The WORST of Hurricane Otto (Photos)

Photos from a variety of sources, including La Nacion, CNE and Facebook. ...

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...

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,...

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...

Deadly Hurricane Descends on Nicaragua

Screen capture from Windytv.comThursday, 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...

RED ALERT EXTENDED TO GUANACASTE!

BREAKING NEWS, Costa Rica 1:37pm - President Luis Guillermo Solis just announced the extension of the RED ALERT to include the province of Guanacaste. The national weather service (IMN) confirmed that Otto, on its way to the Pacific, will be passing some 30 to 50...

Otto Makes Landfall, Downgraded To Tropical Storm

SAN JOSE 1:21PM - It was at 12:07pm that Hurricane Otto made landfall, hitting Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, some 110 km south of Bluefields or 140 km north of the Costa Rica port city of Limon, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) -...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

Bluefields, Nicaragua Readying For Hurricane Otto

Photo from ENDTODAY 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,...

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...

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,...

In 1988, Hurricane Joan In Costa Rica Officially Left 28 Dead, 75 Injured and 18 Missing

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Stationed some 530 km southeast of the Nicaraguan port of Bluefields on Tuesday, and with sustained winds of 95 km/h Hurricane Otto, will be the first phenomenon of this magnitude and nature that directly crosses Costa Rica, according to...

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...

Otto Kills 4, Panama Closes Schools, Government Offices

TODAY PANAMA NEWS – Tropical Storm Otto, how a full blown Hurricane, has caused four deaths in Panama and widespread damage from floods landslides and falling trees brought on by heavy rains and high winds. Two victims died in a mudslide, a girl drowned in...

Otto Is A Hurricane and Is approaching Costa Rica With Winds of More Than 120 km/h

WATCH IN REAL TIME THE POSITION OF HURRICANE OTTO AND THE WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PHENOMENON Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Otto is a hurricane and is whipping winds of more than 120 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Forecasters estimate it could...

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...

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...

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