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Hurricane Newton Heading To Arizona

Hurricane Newton map
(Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
A graphic of Hurricane Newton shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

Hurricane Newton is expected to strengthen and make landfall Tuesday down in Baja California. It’s then predicted the storm to drift north and into Arizona by midweek.

By then, Newton is projected to downgrade to a tropical depression. But it still might drench parts of the state. Mark O’Malley is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix who says the public should be vigilant about Newton’s effects.

“If they’re planning to travel around Wednesday or Thursday, they may run into some flooded areas, especially if they’re heading down to the Southeast part of the state,” he said. “But even some localized areas of the Phoenix metro could be affected.”

Newton is expected to hit Arizona in a patchwork kind of way. The storm could drop one or two inches in one area, O’Malley said, and the rain could completely miss another spot nearby. He stresses that motorists should never enter a flooded roadway.

When senior field correspondent Stina Sieg was 22, she moved to the desert. She hasn’t been the same since. At the time, the Northern California native had just graduated from college and was hankering for wide-open spaces. So she took a leap and wrote to nearly every newspaper in New Mexico until one offered her a job. That’s how she became the photographer for a daily paper in the small town of Silver City. And that’s when she realized how much she loved storytelling. In the years since, the beauty of having people open up and share their stories — and trust her to tell them — has never gotten old to Sieg. Before coming to KJZZ, Sieg was also a writer and photographer at newspapers in Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Moab, Utah; and the Smoky Mountains town of Waynesville, North Carolina. She always had her hand in public radio, too, including hosting Morning Edition on a fill-in basis at WNCW in North Carolina. It’s still the best music station she’s found. When she’s not reporting, chances are Sieg is running, baking, knitting or driving to some far-flung town deep in the desert — just to see what it looks like.