The U.S. Consulate cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Newton is expected to become a hurricane by Tuesday September 6, affecting the east and west coast of Baja California Sur, and areas of Sinaloa and Sonora. Tropical storm force winds, large swells, and very heavy rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. The Mexican government has issued a hurricane warning and watch for the east and west coasts of Baja California Sur. Tropical Storm Newton should be near or over the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Tuesday morning, and move over portions of the southern Baja California peninsula late Tuesday and Wednesday. Preparations should be made to protect life and property. Tropical Storm Newton is expected to produce rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches for coastal portions of the Mexican states of Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, as well as much of the state of Baja California Sur, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches through Tuesday night.
All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website, http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to also visit the following U.S. government websites for more information:
- Mexico Country Specific Information:http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.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/
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mexico.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy Mexico City, located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, 06500, Mexico, D.F. and is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- You may also call 011-52-55-5080-2000 during normal business hours or after-hours press “0”, and ask the switchboard operator to connect you to the duty officer.
- Contact information for the U.S. Consulates General in Mexico can be found on the U.S. Embassy Mexico City website.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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