Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Patricia

This Emergency Message is to inform U.S. citizens that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Pacific Coast of Mexico from Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan to Playa Perula, Jalisco, and a Tropical Storm Watch east of Lazaro Cardenas to Tecpan De Galeana, Guerrero.  Tropical Storm 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 Thursday, October 22, into Saturday, October 24.  These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

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.  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.

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 websiteand 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 or 1-202-501-4444 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/