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    Newton unleashes damaging flooding on Baja California, northern Mexico

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    September 10, 2016, 4:22:20 AM EDT

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    Tropical Storm Newton will bring dangerous flooding and mudslides to parts of northern Mexico, including in popular tourist locations in Baja California, through the middle of the week.

    About 14,000 tourists were in the path of Newton in Baja California Sur, Genaro Ruiz, the state tourism secretary said, according to the Associated Press.


    The storm has already unleashed widespread 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) of rainfall along Mexico’s western coastline with local amounts approaching 300 mm (12 inches), resulting in flooding and mudslides.


    Newton made landfall near Cabo San Lucas early Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane. The storm then emerged into the Gulf of California and made a second landfall in coastal Sonora early Wednesday morning, before quickly weakening to a tropical storm.

    The storm has claimed at least two lives after a boat capsized in the treacherous seas of the Gulf of California, according to the AP. Three others on the boat remain missing.

    While weather has improved across western Mexico, conditions will continue to deteriorate across the Mexican states of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Sonora.


    While the storm will continue to weaken, locally damaging winds will be possible across northern Baja California Sur, southeastern Baja California and western Sonora.


    Rainfall totals of 150-300 mm (6-12 inches) are expected across Baja California Sur and western Sonora through Wednesday, with locally higher amounts. Flash flooding and mudslides are likely.

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    Flash flooding is also possible in eastern Baja California where localized amounts over 100 mm (4 inches) are possible into Wednesday.

    Rain, heavy at times, is expected at times across Sinaloa through Wednesday with the hardest-hit areas receiving more than 150 mm (6 inches) of rain. Flash flooding and mudslides are possible.

    Heavy rain and flooding will be possible across parts of the southwestern United States later this week as Newton transitions into a tropical rainstorm and continues to track northward.

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