MIAMI, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Hurricane Karl continued to strengthen Thursday, leading the Mexican government to extend warnings and watches for the country's Gulf of Mexico coast.
A hurricane warning was issued from Veracruz to Cabo Rojo, while a hurricane watch was posted from Cabo Rojo to La Cruz, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 4 p.m. CDT advisory.
In addition, tropical storm warnings were issued for Mexico's gulf coast from Cabo Rojo to La Cruz and from Veracruz to Punta el Lagarto.
Karl, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, was about 260 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, and about 165 miles east of Veracruz, the center said. The hurricane is moving west at 12 mph and is expected to decrease in forward speed over the next 48 hours.
If Karl maintains its projected track, its center will cross the bay of Campeche Thursday night and make landfall in Mexico Friday, the NHC said.