Tens of thousands of people in southeastern Mexico hit by severe flooding face the prospect of more storm mayhem.
The state of Veracruz has been battered by heavy downpours over the past few weeks. But now, many are bracing themselves for even higher water levels or possibly worse after the government issued an extreme weather warning.
Tropical storm Karl has reached hurricane force in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strengthen as it makes its way towards the Mexican coast.
The US national Hurricane Center in Miami says there is a chance Karl could become a major storm with winds of 175 kilometres per hour or even higher before making landfall.
On Wednesday the tropical storm hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, downing trees and cutting power lines.
Karl is the third serious cyclone this season behind Hurricanes Julia and Igor.