Canadians are being advised to avoid travelling to western Mexico as hurricane Newton threatens to strike the region.
Global Affairs Canada has issued a travel advisory as the hurricane heads toward the Baja California peninsula.
The agency says Canadians should avoid all non-essential travel to the coastline between Cabo San Lazaro and Loreto.
The advisory says Canadians living or travelling in the region should monitor local news and weather reports, follow the advice of local authorities and find out whether the storm will disrupt travel arrangements.
Newton was located about 350 kilometres southeast of Cabo San Lucas on Monday evening. The storm was moving northwest at 26 kilometres per hour with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h.
Forecasters expect Newton to continue moving in the same general direction with an increase in forward speed into Tuesday. The centre of Newton is expected to be near or over the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula Tuesday morning, by which time it could be near hurricane intensity.
The government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Warning for the west coast of the Baja California Sur from north of Puerto Cortes to Cabo San Lazaro.
Coastal portions of five Mexican states could see 13 to 25 centimetres of rain, with isolated maximums of 38 centimetres.
Newton is expected to cross over the peninsula and re-enter the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, on Wednesday.
The hurricane centre says the storm is likely to continue north into Arizona as a tropical depression later in the week.ALSO ON HUFFPOST:
The Tri-State tornado of 1925, which cut a wide swath through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, easily tops the list of destructive tornadoes. Its records include: 695 deaths, the most for a single tornado; 234 deaths in Murphysboro, the most for a single community in a tornado; 33 deaths at the De Soto school, a record for a storm-related school disaster; a record speed of 73 mph between Gorham and Murphysboro; and if accounts are too be believed, a record width of one mile. Other fun facts include its 219-mile path, and that it inflicted 3 ½ hours of continuous devastation at winds estimated above 300 mph. It goes without saying that Dorothy’s house would not have survived.
How would you feel if you didn’t have a summer? No, I’m not talking about having to work through the warm months; I’m talking about no warm months at all. In 1815 the Tambora volcano on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia spewed such a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere that the summer of 1816 just never happened in Europe. It also killed between 70,000 and 90,00 people, making it the deadliest in human history. The prize for deadliest volcano ever belongs to the Siberian Traps supervolcano. 250 million years ago it wiped out 90 percent of life on earth. It did this by causing catastrophic global warming when it sent billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Luckily this wave didn’t occur in a crowded area, but rather in sleepy Lituya Bay of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. In 1958 an earthquake caused a rockslide along the eastern wall of the bay, which in turn caused an enormous wave – 100 feet tall by eyewitness accounts – which swamped the nearby spur of land and swept down the bay. It inundated approximately five square miles of land and stripped all trees and vegetation, leaving bare rock. Amazingly, only two boaters were killed while making a run for open water. The rest of the boaters, who had been tied up for the night in the bay, survived.
Poor China, that country has some bad luck when it comes to rivers, holding records for several of the worst floods in history. The 1931 floods alone took between 3 million and 4 million people in total – 1 million from drowning, the rest from disease and crop destruction. While most of these devastating floods were caused by heavy rains and failing dikes, at least one was caused by the Chinese government itself. In 1938 the Nationalist government opened the levees of the Yellow River to prevent the invading Japanese army from going any further. Unfortunately, they did not care to warn any of the 500,000 to 900,000 people who were killed in the deluge.
In 1871, settlers in Wisconsin made a habit of harvesting forests and leaving behind debris and piles of sawdust. In addition a drought plagued the area, drying up ponds and setting the stage for October when a raging firestorm swept into the town of Peshtigo. About half of the town burned alive when they were unable to run fast enough to the river, or were boiled to death after leaping into shallow bogs and wells. As the fire moved through Wisconsin and Michigan, it claimed about 1,500 lives. Even with the enormous loss of life, the fire is barely remembered, overshadowed by the Great Chicago Fire that was burning at the same time. The scarred forestland would not regenerate for several decades, but on the bright side the Peshtigo Fire led to better forest harvesting techniques and forest fire awareness.
The record temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) in Europe in 2003 were caused by an “anticyclone” which prevented rain-bearing depressions from sweeping in from the Atlantic Ocean. Many crop shortfalls were attributed to the terrible temperatures, but it was the death toll of over 30,000, mostly the elderly, that made it Europe’s worst natural disaster in 50 years.
Ranrahirca was a village near Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru. It was first hit by an avalanche of snow, rocks and mud on January 10, 1962. Over 2,000 villagers died, along with inhabitants of seven nearby settlements, making it one of the deadliest avalanches ever in Peru. The village rebuilt itself, though only 50 villagers had survived. Mount Huascaran outdid itself, however, when more avalanches hit the village in the 1970 Ancash earthquake, killing 1,800 people and ending any hope of the village recovering. A total of 20,000 people living on the slopes of the mountain died, and 40,000 died across Peru from the Ancash earthquake itself, making it the deadliest seismic disaster in South America until the 2010 Haiti earthquake.