Hurricane Karl to make landfall Friday in Mexico
September 16, 2010
MERIDA, Mexico — The CFCA Merida, Mexico, project is bracing for Hurricane Karl, which is expected to move near or over the mainland Mexican coast on Friday.
Felipe Reyes, who works with CFCA projects in Mexico, said field reports confirm that several sponsored members and their families were affected in the Tabasco region when the hurricane was a tropical storm. Several regions such as the Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche and Chiapas are still at risk.
Hurricane Karl already hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday when it was a tropical storm, striking the Mexican Caribbean coast between the port of Majahual and Xcalak, a coastal town. BBC News reports that about 10,000 homes had no electricity after trees and power lines collapsed in heavy rain and high winds. The Merida project is based in the Yucatan Peninsula.
The National Hurricane Center has since upgraded the storm to a hurricane, as the maximum sustained wind speed is now 75 mph (the requirement for a storm to become a hurricane).
The most recent news stories on Thursday afternoon show the hurricane 280 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan, with winds of 75 mph. It was heading westward at a speed of 12 mph and is expected to make landfall near the coastal cities of Tuxpan and Poza Rica, according to reports. The center has estimated that the hurricane could produce 5-10 inches of rain, prompting "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.” There is also a possibility of coastal flooding, according to news reports.
The news comes just as Mexico has been celebrating its 200th birthday on Sept. 16. More information from the CFCA project will be posted as it becomes available.
CFCA serves more than 6,400 children, youth and aging members through the Merida project. Please keep them in your prayers during this time.