Hurricane Emily is dumping heavy rain and knocking out power after coming ashore south of the Texas-Mexico border this morning.
A forecaster at the National Hurricane Center tells Associated Press Radio the storm's a "very strong" Category Three hurricane. He says that fortunately the stretch of Mexican coast taking the brunt of the storm is "relatively unpopulated."
It has hit the town of San Fernando, Mexico, with winds of 125 miles-an-hour. Mexican authorities say 18-thousand people were evacuated from several seaside villages. Only a few residents have stayed and only dogs and cats could be seen on the streets overnight as Emily moved in.
In south Texas, scattered power outages have been reported, according to emergency officials, but no significant damage. Some
residents there piled into shelters last night toting televisions and coolers filled with drinks and snacks.