Hurricane Karl Plows Into Mexico Mainland

Hurricane Karl made landfall Friday as a Category 3 storm about 10 miles (15 km) north of Veracruz, Mexico, CNN's satellite and radar estimates show. The storm delivered torrents of rain and fierce winds several hours before it arrived around 11:30 a.m. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were near 115 mph (185 kph) with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane was moving toward the west at about 8 mph (13 kph), it said. "A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 12 to 15 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall," the center said. "Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves." Potentially deadly rain also is forecast. "Karl is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across the central and southern Mexican Gulf coast region with isolated amounts of 15 inches possible in the interior mountains," the center said. "These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides."