Tropical Storm Newton could bring ‘life-threatening’ conditions to Ariz., N.M.

MIAMI, Sept. 7 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Newton is spreading heavy rains into Arizona and New Mexico on Wednesday after making landfall as a hurricane in Mexico’s mainland and then weakening, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Newton is expected to generate up to 3 inches of rain in the central part of the Baja California peninsula. Mexico’s Sonora state is expected to see rain accumulation up to 6 inches — possibly 10 inches in isolated areas.

Southeastern Arizona and southern New Mexico are expected to get from 1 inch to 3 inches of total rain through Thursday.

“This heavy rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides in areas of mountainous terrain,” the NHC said.

Mexico’s government has changed a hurricane warning into a tropical storm warning for the northwestern coast of mainland Mexico. The storm system, which is near Mexico’s Bahia Kino, has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is moving north at a speed of 17 mph.

Tropical storm conditions will continue over parts of mainland northwestern Mexico on Wednesday morning but should cease by the afternoon. Tropical storm conditions are possible over parts of southeastern Arizona late Wednesday.

“Rapid weakening will occur today as the center moves inland, and Newton should weaken to a tropical depression later today and dissipate by early Thursday,” the NHC said in a statement.

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