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Tropical Storm Otto
Tropical storm (SSHWS/NWS)
Odette 6 December 2003
Otto shortly after peak intensity on November 19
FormedNovember 17, 2016
DissipatedNovember 21, 2016
Highest winds1-minute sustained:
100 km/h (65 mph)
Lowest pressure994 hPa (mbar); 29.35 inHg
Fatalities16 total
Damage$135 million (2016 USD) $
Areas affectedCentral America, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola
Part of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season
Tropical Storm Otto was the latest tropical cyclone to form in the southwestern Caribbean Sea since Tropical Storm Odette in December 2003. The 16th tropical cyclone and 15th named storm of the active 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Otto formed from a broad area of low pressure in the southwestern Caribbean Sea and strengthened into a moderately strong tropical storm as it tracked northeastward towards Hispaniola.

Meteorological History

Tropical Storm Sandy Oct 22 2012 2345z

Tropical Storm Otto shortly after being named

On November 12, the National Hurricane Center began monitoring the southwestern Caribbean Sea for possible tropical cyclogenesis. On November 16, a surface low pressure area formed, gradually coalescing into Tropical Depression Sixteen by 15:00 UTC on November 17. 6 hours later, after an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft observed tropical storm-force winds, the depression was upgraded to Tropical Storm Otto. Otto struggled to strengthen much in a moderate wind shear environment.