CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — The Latest on tropical storm Newton as it moves over Mexico toward U.S. border (all times local):
Tropical storm Newton appears to be packing less of a punch upon its arrival in the American Southwest from Mexico.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says western-central New Mexico is not getting the 3-4 inches of rain that forecasters initially feared would come Wednesday.
Meteorologist Kerry Jones says between 2-3 inches have fallen in Catron County’s more mountainous areas.
But other areas have only received between half to three-quarters of an inch.
Jones says flash-flood warnings could be dropped late Wednesday.
Gov. Susana Martinez, however, activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center in case of more severe storms.
Southern portions of the state were hit with heavy rains in the past two weeks.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Newton has made landfall on Mexico’s mainland and weakened to a tropical storm on its way to the U.S. border with potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 70 mph (110 kph) with rapid weakening expected as the center moves inland.
The storm is centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of Bahia Kino, Mexico, and is moving north near 17 mph (28 kph). The Hurricane Center says Newton’s forecast track will take it into southeastern Arizona in the afternoon.
It’s the second landfall for Newton. The storm came ashore near Mexico’s Los Cabos resorts Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 kph).