Newton Makes Landfall in Mainland Mexico

The storm has slowed after making its first landfall with 90-mph winds and heavy rains in Los Cabos, a popular tourist destination.

"But there could be still some embedded thunderstorms and those would be capable of producing some heavy rain in a short period of time which could cause some localized flooding", Percha said.

The storm could still have potentially risky rains for Arizona and New Mexico even as Mexico changed its earlier hurricane warning to a tropical storm warning for the coast of the country's mainland from Guaymas to Puerto Libertad. The weather system first came ashore in Mexico's Baja California peninsula near popular resorts Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 miles per hour winds.

The hurricane has caused damage to power lines and trees, and at least two people have died from the storm capsizing their fishing boat. The storm made its second and final landfall early Wednesday morning in northwest Mexico near Bahia Kino as a tropical storm, Weather Underground reported.

Tropical storm Newton appears to be packing less of a punch upon its arrival in the American Southwest from Mexico.

Meanwhile, the weather service's office in Albuquerque says the storm's biggest impact in New Mexico will be in the next 24 hours.

Forecasters expect the storm to dump heavy rain on both areas.

A flash flood watch is still in effect for all of Southern Arizona until 5 p.m., and a wind advisory remains in place, particularly for higher terrain in Santa Cruz and western Cochise County. Prolonged heavy rain will bring threats of flash flooding to northern Michigan, Wisconsin, northern IL, eastern Iowa and southeast Minnesota.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Newton's near 70 mile per hour winds will continue to weaken as the storm moves toward the USA border.

Palm trees were toppled along the town's coastal boulevard and some windows were broken.

Californian holidaymaker Mark Hernandez said: "We pray for the city of Cabo San Lucas".

Vazquez said Newton's winds took down trees and tin roofs from poorer neighbourhoods but that a disaster was averted because the hurricane passed through rural, sparsely inhabited areas.

Roberto Dominguez, a customer relations worker at the Fairfield Marriot in Cabo San Lucas said guests hunkered down in their rooms overnight. "It was a rough one as you can see".

About 14,000 tourists had remained in Los Cabos as of Monday night as the storm approached and airlines cancelled flights out, said Genaro Ruiz, the state tourism secretary.

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