Hurricane Karl has made landfall smashing into Mexico’s central Gulf coast.
It appears to have spared offshore oil operations from major damage, but battered Veracruz with sustained winds of up to 195 kilometres per hour.
Residents stayed indoors as the hurricane roared ashore, but the port city’s fishermen tried to protect their boats.
‘‘It’s very strong, that’s the truth. We’ve been here since yesterday. We’ve tried to take out the boats. We’re watching it. We’re waiting here because there’s no other option. We have to be here, this is where we have to be, we’re fishermen and we must be strong in front of this,’‘ one fisherman said.
Currently a category three storm, two below the maximum, it is the first significant cyclone to make land this Atlantic season.
Moving west Karl is expected to pass worryingly close to Mexico’s only nuclear power plant in Laguna Verde.
There is also concern that flash flooding could prompt mudslides in Veracruz compounding weeks of severe downpours which have hit the region.