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.
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