RECORD WATCH: Otto is the latest hurricane formation on record in the Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center says. It formed one day later than 1969’s Hurricane Martha. The storm is expected to make landfall in Central America on Thursday and enter the Northeastern Pacific as a 50-mph tropical storm. It will keep its name, despite changing basins. (Credit: NHC)
ORIGINAL POST: With just nine days left in the official 2016 hurricane season, Tropical Depression 16 formed in the Caribbean Monday and it was expected to strengthen into a hurricane before smashing into Central America.
If it’s named as forecast by late Monday or Tuesday, it would become Tropical Storm Otto.
On the track forecast by the National Hurricane Center, the storm should make landfall around the border of Nicaragua and Costa Rica late in the week after meandering around the southern Caribbean for several days.
It’s expected to move into the Eastern Pacific by the weekend after peaking as a Category 1 75-mph hurricane prior to landfall.
“The slow-moving system will be capable of bringing days of heavy rain to Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua,” Weather Underground blogger Bob Henson said in a post Sunday.
Temperatures plunged into the low 50s Monday morning in South Florida. It was 51 in West Palm Beach, 58 in Miami and 56 in Fort Lauderdale.
Palmdale, southwest of Lake Okeechobee reported 37 degrees and it was 39 in Immokalee in inland Collier County. A nearby South Florida Water Management District station unofficially reported a low of 31 at 6:45 a.m.
The temperatures were the coldest to hit the area since late February, but they should be short-lived.
A quick warm-up was due as winds shift off the Atlantic on Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. Monday night/ Tuesday morning’s forecast lows are in the low 70s in coastal areas of South Florida.
Areas around Rochester, NY were buried under more than a foot of lake-effect snow late Sunday and Monday as winds gusted up to 45 mph.
Heaviest totals were in Wayne County and Oswego County, where 17 inches had fallen by early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. A lake-effect snow warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Monday.