September 17th, 2010
06:41 PM ET

Hurricane Karl plows into Mexico mainland, weakens

Hurricane Karl weakened Friday afternoon after making landfall, but the heavy rain it spawned could still cause mudslides and flash floods in the Mexican interior, forecasters said.

Karl was a Category 3 storm when it came ashore about 10 miles (15 kilometers) north of Veracruz, Mexico, CNN's satellite and radar estimates showed, but is now classified Category 1.

Karl is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Saturday and dissipate over the mountains of Mexico on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Friday afternoon. It added the Mexican government has discontinued all coastal watches and warnings.

The storm delivered torrents of rain and fierce winds several hours before it hit land around 11:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET).

Maximum sustained winds have since weakened to around 90 mph (145 kph) with higher gusts, according to the hurricane center. Karl, located about 25 miles (45 kilometers) west-southwest of Veracruz, was moving west at about 9 mph (15 kph), it said.

Still, high winds and seas remain a threat, though forecasters said they will likely weaken in the coming days.

The homes of at least 3,000 families in central Mexico were damaged, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. phil

    This story would get a huge response if "Hurricane Karl" were a professional wrestler. And you wonder if America has changed. tisk tisk

    September 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    😯

    September 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Louie

    I bet the GOP loonies are disapointed. Imagine the headlines if this storm hit the US: "Obama to blame for storm Karl (Marx )hitting the US."

    September 18, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      Only if the response was as late and lame as the oil well blowout in the Gulf! LOL!

      September 18, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. termlimits

    OK Mexico, get that mary jane out of the weather!

    September 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Gaby

      yeah sure..as long as you're buying...

      September 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sarah

    PLEASE DONATE FOR PAKISTAN EMERGENCY DONATION & DOUBLE IT FROM CANADIAN GOVERNMENT BY Oct 3rd.
    CALL UNICEF CANADA 1-800-567-4483 OR UNICEF.CA
    $1, $2 OR MORE, EVERY $ COUNTS. THANKS IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY.

    September 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |