Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Earl

Tropical Storm Earl


August 4, 2016


This message informs U.S. citizens that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a warning for Tropical Storm Earl, currently located over Belize.  Tropical Storm Earl will continue to move across Guatemala and southeastern Mexico tonight and Friday.  The storm is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches over portions of the Mexican states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 6.  Isolated amounts of up to 18 inches are possible in the central part of Chiapas.  These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to monitor media reports and the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website,, for updated information about the storm and to follow official instructions.  We urge U.S. citizens to 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 evacuation plans.

Please also visit the following U.S. government websites for more information:

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 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 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).