Hurricane Newton Roars Across Mexico Resort

Hurricane Newton roars across Mexico resort

LA PAZ, Mexico, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : Hurricane Newton charged across Mexico's northwestern resort of Los Cabos on Tuesday, blowing away trees and tin roofs but apparently sparing the region of major damage as thousands of tourists hunkered down.

The storm packed winds of 145 kilometers (90 miles) an hour when it made landfall before dawn at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. But the region prized by American and Canadian tourists seemingly dodged a bullet, two years after a deadly Hurricane Odile killed six people and caused $1 billion damage in September 2014.

"According to the latest reports, #Newton only caused minor damages in infrastructure," President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter, adding that there were no injuries. The US National Hurricane Center reported later in the afternoon that Newton's winds weakened to 120 kilometers per hour as it moved north, drenching the peninsula as well as mainland Mexico's northwest coast.

Los Cabos civil protection director Marco Antonio Vazquez said Newton's winds took down trees and tin roofs from poorer neighborhoods. Newton's winds broke some hotel windows, but the 14,000 tourists in Los Cabos were "safe" in rooms made to shelter them within the facilities, said state tourism secretary Genaro Ruiz Hernandez.

Power went out in parts of Los Cabos and La Paz, while phone service was disrupted. "It would appear that we won't have major damage except for what we have already reported," national civil protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente told Milenio television.