Otto becomes the seventh hurricane of the 2016 season.
At 4pm, the center of Hurricane Otto was about 305 miles ESE of Bluefields, Nicaragua. Latitude 10.5 North. Longitude 79.6 West.
Otto is moving toward the west near 2 mph. Otto should move a little faster toward the west or west-northwest for the next couple of days.
On the forecast track, Otto is expected to approach the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph with higher gusts. More strengthening is expected for the next couple of days until landfall.
Outer rain bands from Otto are expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over San Andres and Providencia Islands, and the higher terrain of central and western Panama and southern Costa Rica through Wednesday.
Otto is no threat to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.