A late-season storm in the Caribbean has been upgraded to a hurricane as authorities in Panama reported at least four people had been killed and several were missing.
Heavy rains have triggered landslides trapping some beneath the mud – the cause of two of the deaths. A child was killed when a tree fell on a car parked outside a school in the capital Panama city.
The US National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Otto is now blowing at about 120km/h as it approaches northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua.
With hurricane strength winds on their way, orders to evacuate coastlines have been issued in both countries affecting thousands.
According to experts its rare for a storm of Otto’s ferocity to make landfall so far south in the Caribbean. It could be the first to hit Costa Rica since 1851.