Posted on 17 Sep 2010
Hurricane Karl strengthened quickly to a major hurricane in the southwest Gulf of Mexico Thursday into early Friday. Later today, Karl will make landfall along the central and southern Mexico Gulf coast.
Hurricane-force winds and a storm surge of 12 to 15 feet above normal tide levels are likely near where the center makes landfall.
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.
Also by Friday morning Hurricane Igor had maximum sustained winds near 120 mph (195 kph). The Category 3 storm was moving toward the northwest at 9 mph (15 kph), but forecasters said its forward speed is expected to increase in the next couple of days.
Igor was about 695 miles (1,120 km) south-southeast of Bermuda. A hurricane watch was in effect for the island, where tropical storm conditions could arrive by late Saturday, the hurricane center said.
Large swells generated by Hurricane Igor will continue to affect the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands, according to the weather agency. These swells are expected to cause dangerous surf- and rip-current conditions in Bermuda over the next several days.