Hurricane Could Bring Flash Floods to American Desert

Newton likely to slam Arizona, New Mexico
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2016 12:50 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2016 5:03 AM CDT
Hurricane Newton Headed for Arizona
A man recovers belongings after the passing of Hurricane Newton in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Tuesday.   (Eduardo Verdugo)

Hurricane Newton swept onto the Gulf of California after slamming the resorts of Southern Baja Tuesday and headed on a path expected to take it to the Mexican mainland by Wednesday morning and then on to the US border, with potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico, the AP reports. Newton came ashore near the Los Cabos resorts Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90mph pelting the area with torrential rain as residents sheltered at home and tourists huddled in hotels. A shrimp boat capsized in rough seas in the Gulf of California, killing two people and leaving three others missing, authorities say.

After passing over the resort area, Newton headed northward up the sparsely populated interior of the peninsula and then out over the Gulf. The US National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would make landfall in Sonora state still a hurricane. After passing over the Mexican state, Newton could push into southeastern Arizona as a tropical storm at midday Wednesday and drop 1 to 3 inches of rain over parts of Arizona and New Mexico through Thursday, forecasters say. "Heavy rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous terrain," the center said. (Read more hurricane stories.)

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