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Hurricane Newton Slams Into Western Coast of Mexico

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Workers board over a store front in preparation for Hurricane Newton in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Monday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 12:30 PM

Hurricane Newton roared into the western coast of Mexico Tuesday morning, hitting Los Cabos' upscale resorts with winds topping 90 mph as they extended some 40 miles from its center.

One-third of all airplane flights coming in and out of Los Cabos airport were canceled by 6 a.m. Eastern time, NBC News reported, citing the website FlightAware.com. Eighteen shelters were opened up across two resorts in the area along with 38 in various parts of Baja California Sur state, The Associated Press reported.

Hurricane Newton swiftly developed, intensifying from a tropical depression Sunday afternoon to a Category 1 hurricane a day later before hitting Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday, The Weather Channel reported.

Rainfall of three to six inches was widespread along Mexico's western coastline, with some areas seeing rainfall amounts approaching 12 inches, leading to flooding and mudslides, AccuWeather meteorologist Eric Leister wrote.

"While weather has improved across western Mexico, conditions will deteriorate across the Mexican states of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Sonora over the next 24 hours," Leister continued.

Forecasters continued to post hurricane warnings Tuesday for a portion of the southern Baja Peninsula, along with a small portion of the Baja coast in northwest Mexico, The Weather Channel reported, noting that hurricane force winds of 75 mph or greater were expected.

"The most important thing is to stay at home," Carlos Godinez, a civil defense official for Baja California Sur told The Associated Press. "If there is nothing that requires you to be outside, take shelter with your family."

Tropical storm warnings extend farther north up the Baja Peninsula and in the mouth of the Gulf of California, The Weather Channel noted.

Remnants of the hurricane were expected to continue moving northward, affecting the southwest United States. Parts of Arizona and far western New Mexico, including Tucson, Arizona, were expected to get one to three inches of rain from Wednesday night into Thursday night. Other southwest locations could get as much as five inches of rain.

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Hurricane Newton roared into the western coast of Mexico Tuesday morning, hitting Los Cabos' upscale resorts with winds topping 90 mph as they extended some 40 miles from its center.
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