A woman stands at the Bluefields Port after Hurricane Otto hit southern Nicaragua at Bluefields, Nicaragua November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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Otto was downgraded to a tropical storm late Thursday but not before striking Central America at hurricane force, as an offshore earthquake also shook the region.The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 170 kilometers (110 miles) per hour at the time, triggered alarm in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Costa Rica but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.Nicaragua was caught in the middle of both events, as the hurricane plowed into its Caribbean coast while the 7.0 quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean, off its other coast.Vigilance remained high in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, however, given the risk of mudslides in coming days from the storm's rains.
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