Hurricane Newton impacts on west coast of Mexico

Hurricane Newton largely spared the tip of the Baja California Peninsula after its landfall on September 6 in west Mexico. Two fishers are confirmed killed and one missing.

Newton was strong enough to knock down highway signs in the coastal city of Los Cabos, but roadways remained open, allowing businesses to re-open around noon.

(Soundbite, Spanish) Arturo de la Rosa, Mayor of Los Cabos
“Do not go on the street, if you do not have to go out. We are carrying out operations to evacuate families in high-risk areas and guard against panic buying. There is sufficient supply for up to 20 days of fuel and food.”

After the category 1 hurricane landed in the state of Southern Baja California in the predawn hours, local and federal officials wasted no time to work together to ensure the safety of communities in the area.

(Soundbite, Spanish) Local Resdient
“The hurricane came and ravaged all. After its attack, we no longer have anything left for us.”

Newton made its landfall around 03:00 a.m. local time (0800 GMT), with rain and winds of 150 km per hour disrupting electricity, Internet and cellular phone service.

Newton was expected to cross the peninsula on its way to the Sea of Cortez, possibly hitting the state capital La Paz in the process, before reaching northwest Mexico.

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