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Tropical Storm Otto Leaves Nine Dead in Costa Rica

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Power company workers cut a tree branch that fell during the passing of Hurricane Otto in Cardenas, Nicaragua, Nov. 25, 2016. Otto made landfall on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on Thursday as a dangerous Category 2 storm but it faded to tropical storm force before emerging over the eastern Pacific early Friday.

Power company workers cut a tree branch that fell during the passing of Hurricane Otto in Cardenas, Nicaragua, Nov. 25, 2016. Otto made landfall on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast on Thursday as a dangerous Category 2 storm but it faded to tropical storm force before emerging over the eastern Pacific early Friday.

Tropical Storm Otto killed nine people in Costa Rica and forced thousands to evacuate overnight into Friday.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis declared three days of mourning, beginning Monday. He said the causalities occurred along Costa Rica's border with Nicaragua.

People cross a road that flooded after the passing of Hurricane Otto in Cardenas, Nicaragua, Nov. 25, 2016.

People cross a road that flooded after the passing of Hurricane Otto in Cardenas, Nicaragua, Nov. 25, 2016.

The storm had been a Category 2 hurricane when it slammed into southeastern Nicaragua on Thursday. Officials there reported no casualties but said homes in low-lying areas had suffered extensive damage.

Otto was losing strength by the time it hit Costa Rica. It has since headed out to the Pacific Ocean.

It should continue to weaken, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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