Hurricane Newton weakened to a tropical storm as it made its second landfall in Mexico early Wednesday, but forecasters warned it would dump dangerous amounts of rain on the U.S. later in the day.
The storm faded after unleashing 90-mph winds and heavy rains on the tourist resorts of Los Cabos on Tuesday.
By 8 a.m. ET, Mexico’s government had discontinued all coastal watches and warnings for the storm, which was located about 55 miles northwest of Hermosillo, Mexico, and about 180 miles south-southwest of Tucson, Arizona.
Newton’s maximum sustained winds were 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. advisory. It was moving north at 18 mph.
On Tuesday, Newton smashed windows, felled trees and sparked widespread power outages. Tourists huddled in hotels and locals sheltered in their homes as the storm churned over the Baja California peninsula.
Two people died and three were missing after their shrimp boat capsized in rough seas generated by the hurricane in Mexico’s Gulf of California, according to The Associated Press.
Although it packed a punch, Newton did not bring the same level of destruction to Los Cabos as Hurricane Odile, which devastated parts of the luxury resort region in Sept. 2014.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Alexander Smith