Major Hurricane Karl broke Bay of Campeche records for being the strongest hurricane that far south into the Bay. Karl came off of the Yucatan Peninsula as a Tropical Storm and quickly spun up over the course of 1.5 days to a category 3 winds, eventually maxing out at sustained winds of 120 mph.
Here’s the official data:
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL132010
1200 PM CDT FRI SEP 17 2010
…KARL MAKES LANDFALL ON THE SOUTHWEST GULF COAST OF MEXICO…
MEXICAN RADAR OBSERVATIONS AND SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT THE
CENTER OF HURRICANE KARL MADE LANDFALL ON THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF
MEXICO ABOUT 10 MILES…15 KM…NORTH OF VERACRUZ MEXICO NEAR 1130
AM CDT…1630 UTC. THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS AT LANDFALL WERE
ESTIMATED TO BE 115 MPH…185 KM/HR.
SUMMARY OF 1130 AM CDT…1630 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 10 MI…15 KM N OF VERACRUZ MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…115 MPH…185 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WSW OR 255 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…976 MB…29.82 INCHES
Initial readings near the core reported weaker winds when the eye came ashore around 12:30pm EDT, so further analysis will have to be done for sure. It was definitely a unique and interesting hurricane.