Tropical Storm Otto Forms In Caribbean
Satellite pictures show that disturbed weather in the Southwest Caribbean has strengthened into Tropical Storm Otto. Otto looks to be trapped in the Southwest Caribbean and will likely drift westward over the next few days. It is no threat to the United States or the Greater Antillies.
...DEPRESSION STRENGTHENS INTO TROPICAL STORM OTTO... SUMMARY OF 100 PM EST...1800 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...11.5N 79.3W ABOUT 175 MI...285 KM ESE OF SAN ANDRES ISLAND ABOUT 305 MI...495 KM E OF BLUEFIELDS NICARAGUA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...STATIONARY MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Interests in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the islands of San Andres and Providencia should monitor the progress of Otto, since a Tropical Storm Watch may be required later today or tonight. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ At 100 PM EST (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Otto was located near latitude 11.5 North, longitude 79.3 West. Otto is nearly stationary, and a west-southwestward to westward drift is expected over the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Otto could become a hurricane during the next couple of days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches). HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- RAINFALL: Outer rain bands from Otto are expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across portions of central and western Panama and southeastern Costa Rica through Wednesday, with isolated totals upwards of 10 to 15 inches across the higher terrain. These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Additional heavy rainfall may move into portions of Costa Rica Wednesday night into Thursday as the system approaches the coast.
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