Hurricane Newton on path toward Mexico's border with Arizona

by Steven Clarke September 9, 2016, 2:40
Hurricane Newton on path toward Mexico's border with Arizona

The boat had left Ensenada last Friday for Mazatlán with five people aboard but was presumably wrecked, passing Los Cabos at the same time as Hurricane Newton, said the office of the state's Ports Captain. Regardless of development, heavy rain and thunderstorms will bring threats of flash flooding to northwest Mexico and the southwest United States.

A deadly tropical storm system made landfall in Mexico for the second time on Wednesday as it made its way toward the US border. Newton is forecast to achieve hurricane status on Tuesday, making landfall on the peninsula's tip the same day, before slowly weakening as it moves deeper into the North American mainland.

The storm caused a large swell that sunk a shrimp fishing boat between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific ocean, leaving two people dead and three missing, said Los Cabos civil protection director Marco Antonio Vazquez.

Quadratin/EPA A handout photo made available by the Mexican Information Agency Quadratin on Sept. 6, 2016 shows an aerial view of a zone affected by a flooding caused by heavy rains from hurricane "Newton" in Benito Juarez, Mexico, Sept. 5, 2016.

Downgraded from a hurricane, the storm was still packing 110 kilometre-an-hour winds when it swept into mainland Mexico near Bahia Kino in the state of Sonora, the US National hurricane centre said.

Now heading north, it has Arizona in its sights but is expected to reach the U.S. state as a tropical storm. High wind watches and wind advisories are in effect for parts of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Tropical Storm Nora brought Yuma its wettest day on record, Tucson meteorologist Jim Meyer said, when nearly four inches of rain fell in one day.

Jones says flash-flood warnings could be dropped late Wednesday.

Meteorologists said the Tucson area will see the most rain, with 2 to 3 inches of precipitation expected.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Newton has made landfall on Mexico's mainland and weakened to a tropical storm on its way to the U.S. border with potentially risky rains for Arizona and New Mexico.

Palm trees were toppled along Cabo San Lucas' coastal boulevard and some windows were broken.

Hurricane Newton has gone from the Pacific into the Gulf of California and is moving Northward at about 15 miles per hour.

"This will keep the storm stronger for awhile, likely keeping it at hurricane strength into Wednesday", said Moore, adding that after the storm makes its second landfall in northeast Mexico on Wednesday, it is expected to weaken to a tropical storm and even further to a tropical depression as it makes its way into Arizona.

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Sept. 07, 2016 at 01:00 AM EDT shows Hurricane Newton moving northward up the Baja Mexico coast. But there was calm in the city as firefighters cleaned refuse from the streets during the day. "It was a rough one as you can see".

About 14,000 tourists were in Los Cabos during the storm, tourism officials said, and visitors began venturing out after Newton passed.

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