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.