The U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Depression Eighteen-E is now Tropical Storm Pilar, affecting the area from Playa Perula northward to El Roblito, including the Islas Marias. 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 Tropical Storm Warning for this area. The center of Pilar is forecast to move along or just west of the coast of Jalisco today and close to or over the Islas Marias and the coast of Nayarit on Monday. Tropical Storm Pilar is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches over the western portions of the Mexican states of Michoacan, Colima, western Jalisco and Nayarit.
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 http://travel.state.gov/ 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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