Hurricane Grace makes landfall in Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Grace makes landfall in Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Grace makes landfall in Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Grace slammed into Mexico for a second time early Saturday as a major Category Three storm, threatening to bring significant flooding and mudslides, US forecasters said.

By Friday night, Grace was blowing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 km per hour), with higher gusts, making it “a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Authorities in the state of Veracruz said they had prepared 200 storm shelters and planned to open another 2,000 if necessary. Veracruz Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia warned of the risk of flooding and mudslides as the storm dumped heavy rain on the mountainous region.

Grace hit Mexico’s Caribbean coast on Thursday, downing trees and causing power outages for nearly 700,000 people, but without causing loss of life, authorities said. Earlier in the week, it doused Jamaica and Haiti with torrential rain.

In preparation for the storm, workers along the coast boarded up windows to protect stores, fishermen brought their boats ashore and residents secured their homes after stocking up on canned food and water. Authorities in Mexico City warned that the storm could also bring heavy rains to the capital over the weekend.