Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Patricia

Hurricane Patricia, currently an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane, is expected to make landfall on Friday, October 23, 2015, along the coast of Michoacan, Colima (which includes Manzanillo), Jalisco (which includes Puerto Vallarta), and/or Nayarit. If you are in the hurricane warning area, you should make preparations immediately to protect life and property.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an updated Hurricane Warning for the Pacific Coast of Mexico from San Blas, Nayarit, to Punta San Telmo, Michoacan (see http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac). A hurricane watch is in effect for east of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for east of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas.

The center of Hurricane Patricia is expected to make landfall in the hurricane warning area Friday afternoon or evening. Hurricane Patricia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, over the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero starting today into Saturday, October 24. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods, mud slides (especially in areas of mountainous terrain), and high winds up to 130 MPH that could result in downed power lines. A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding, accompanied by large and destructive waves. Swells may cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. As Hurricane Patricia moves inland, it will continue to produce heavy rainfall, wind, and dangerous conditions. Persons located inland in the path of Hurricane Patricia should take appropriate measures to ensure their safety, particularly those located in areas prone to flooding or mudslides.

We strongly encourage you to monitor media reports and the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website,http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, for updated information about the storm and to follow official instructions. Stay clear of beaches, as rough seas associated with storm conditions create severe hazards. Stay clear of downed power lines.  Take precautions against the effects of rain, strong winds, and large and destructive waves. We strongly encourage you to take shelter as advised by Mexican authorities or at any time you feel you are in danger.

U.S. citizens should stay in contact with relatives and friends in the United States to apprise them of their whereabouts, both before and after the storm. Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans, as well as the location of Mexican government-run emergency shelters. As of 12:00 PM tomorrow, October 23, public inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in the area may be directed to telephone number 656-227-3105 or by email, CDJPatriciaTF@state.gov.

U.S. citizens should monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service and Servicio Meteorológico Nacional to stay aware of area weather developments. Please also visit the following U.S. government websites for more information:

Mexico Country Specific Information:
http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/mexico.html

Hurricane Season “Know Before You Go”:
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies/natural-disasters/HurricaneSeason.html

National Hurricane Center:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate.

Visit the Embassy’s website and sign up for Facebook and Twitter. Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico, and refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist”on the State Department’s website. Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time,Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow the State Department onTwitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

Consular services for Michoacan and Guerrero are provided by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico D.F., 06500. The Embassy is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, except for U.S. and Mexican holidays. Our telephone number during and outside of business hours is 011-52-555-080-2000.

Jalisco and Colima are serviced by the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara, located at Progreso 175, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44160. The Consulate General is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, except for U.S. and Mexican holidays. Our telephone number during and outside of business hours is 011-52-333-268-2100.

For a full list of Consulates General and Consular Agencies in Mexico please visit our website at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/