Hurricane Karl Makes Landfall Near Veracruz, Mexico

By: AP
By: AP

*Update* Hurricane Karl makes landfall near Veracruz, Mexico Winds gusted to 94 mph in the Veracruz harbor as the hurricane roared ashore.

Strong winds will continue inland near Karl's center, but will be on a weakening trend over time.

Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches with locally up to 15 inches are expected in the interior mountains of central and southern Mexico which will cause flooding and possible mudslides. The flood threat may exist as far west as Mexico City.

Rain bands were seen on rain fall stretching as far as East and North as the Houston area.

Hurricane Karl is nearing the Mexican coastline. The Category 3 storm should make landfall around noon today.

Karl's maximum sustained winds increased to near 120 mph (195 kph) early Friday with some additional strengthening possible before the hurricane makes landfall.

The center of the storm was located about 25 miles Southeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

Some local flooding has already been reported ahead of the storm, the Mexican Interior Ministry said.

Officials have closed several roads and urged evacuations for many coastal areas.

Fifteen inches of rain could fall in some locations. Additionally, a dangerous storm surge may cause a sea level rise of 12-15 feet along the coast.

The Mexican government has issued a hurricane warning for a 186-mile (300-kilometer) stretch of coast in Veracruz state, stretching northward from the city of the same name. On its predicted path, Karl could make landfall between the port of Veracruz and the oil hub of Poza Rica.

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