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.