Tropical storm Karl headed for central Mexico
Tropical storm Karl had weakened from a hurricane after coming ashore and was to move over south central Mexico Saturday, dpa reported.
Karl made landfall Friday as a category three hurricane on Mexico's eastern shores, about 15 kilometres north of the city of Veracruz. It made landfall packing sustained winds of up to 185 kilometres per hour with higher gusts and caused heavy damages.
The storm lost power over land, prompting the US Hurricane Centre in Miami to downgrade it to a tropical storm, with winds of 115 kilometres per hour. Further weakening was predicted over Mexico's central mountains.
Karl is expected to bring 127 to 250 millimetres of rain to central Mexico, with up to 380 millimetres in some areas.
The storm was causing flooding and mudslides in inland Mexico, leaving many roads unpassable, and its winds had knocked out power to many. The capital, Mexico City, was also experiencing heavy rains.