Tropical storm OTTO increasing towards hurricane strength
Tuesday 22nd November 2016
The long-awaited tropical storm OTTO is now 100 miles north of Panama with maximum wind speeds of 65 gusting 75 knots. The smart money is on this becoming a hurricane in the next 12 - 24 hours as it sits waiting to advance west towards Nicaragua.
This has a current hurricane severity index rating of 6 out of a possible 50 points (2 size, 4 intensity) and a predicted maximum of 13 (4 size, 9 intensity) and a fairly small tropical storm force windfield of 70 miles. In the next day or two, OTTO will start heading west strengthening to a category two hurricane at landfall in southern Nicaragua just north of the Costa Rica border on Thursday afternoon.