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Caymanians pray for kin as Otto hits Nicaragua

Many Caymanians have family and friends in the area of Bluefields, Nicaragua and Corn Island, regions that were hit on Thursday (24 November) by Hurricane Otto as it made the southernmost landfall of any Central American hurricane on record.

Edlyn Ruiz, whose parents grew up in Bluefields, spoke to family members who were heeding the advice to seek proper shelter from the storm which reached Category 2 strength before striking about 70 miles south of their community.

“There a definitely pockets of places where the infrastructure just isn’t where it should be,” she said, despite improvements made after the devastation of Hurricane Joan in 1988. “There’s going to be a lot of flooding which is why evacuating has been a primary concern.”

Authorities said approximately 7,000 people in the Bluefields area had been moved into storm shelters ahead of Otto’s arrival.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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