Tourist resorts on Pacific coast of Mexico are getting braced for the arrival of a giant hurricane.  

Hurricane Newton is heading north-west towards the southern end of the Baja California peninsula, bringing  winds of about 75mph.

Torrential rain that started on Saturday caused more than 30 mudslides across the south-western state of Guerrero, forcing main roads to close.

Floods and landslides affected dozens of homes and schools in Acapulco and about 200 people had to be rescued from a housing complex.

Newton reached hurricane strength over the Pacific on Monday, prompting the Mexican government to issue a hurricane warning for the west coast of Baja California Sur from north of Puerto Cortes to Cabo San Lazaro – a popular region for tourists.

 The US National Hurricane Centre said Newton could trigger flash floods.

It warned that preparations to protect life and property “should be rushed to completion”.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned that Newton was forecast to bring “hazardous weather conditions” to eight Mexican states on the west coast in an updated travel advisory.

Overcast skies in the Los Cabos municipality last night gave way to heavy rain and the wind was building in strength, the BBC reported.

Twelve shelters opened and motorists queued to fill their cars with fuel ahead of the arrival of the hurricane.

Florida was hit by Hurricane Hermine over the weekend before it weakened and drifted off the US east coast.