The U.S. Consulate in Merida cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Cyclone Fourteen is expected to move near the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of México on Saturday, October 6, through Sunday night, October 7, and then move into the southern Gulf of México on Monday, October 8. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a warning for the following areas: the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of México from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.
The storm is forecasted to strengthen during the next couple of days, and the system is expected to become a tropical depression later tonight or on Sunday and a tropical storm on Sunday night. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by Sunday night, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area Sunday night and Monday. Total rain expected of 3 to 7 inches over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan peninsula, Belize, and northern Honduras through Tuesday. Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba. A separate area of persistent very heavy rainfall is expected along the Pacific coast of Central America and Mexico, including western Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the state of Chiapas in Mexico. In many of these areas, this rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods.
All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports and 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 Advisory, Security Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mexico.
· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
· Contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The Embassy is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Mexico D.F. 06500, and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
· You may also call 011-52-55-8526-2561 during normal business hours and after-hours.
· You can find contact information for the U.S. Consulates General in Mexico on the U.S. Embassy Mexico City website.
· Call 1-844-528-6611 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).