(October 1, 2018)
Location: Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora.
Event: The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Rosa is expected to make landfall during the afternoon of Monday, October 1, and is forecast to bring heavy rainfall, strong winds, and dangerous surf conditions throughout areas of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and northwestern Sonora. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the west coast of the Baja California peninsula from Punta Abreojos to Cabo San Quintin. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the east coast of the Baja California peninsula from Bahia de los Angeles to San Felipe. Interests elsewhere in the northern and central Baja California peninsula and northwestern Sonora should monitor the progress of Rosa. Tropical Storm Rosa is forecast to produce rainfall of 3 to 6 inches, and isolated rainfall up to 10 inches, in areas of Baja California and Sonora. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Tropical storm conditions are spreading over the coast in portions of the warning area. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by late this afternoon or tonight. Swells generated by Rosa will affect portions of the coasts of southwestern Mexico, most of the west coast of the Baja California peninsula, and southern California through Tuesday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Further, storm surge in the area of San Felipe in the northern coastal area of the Sea of Cortez is expected to reach up to 18 inches (0.5 meters). Individuals in need of shelter should locate their nearest available shelter through Mexico’s Civil Protection (“Protección Civil”) authority.
Actions to Take:
- Exercise caution if traveling to the affected areas.
- Avoid boating, surfing, or other water sports in the affected areas until the storm has dissipated.
- Monitor the local news for updates.
- Follow directions from local officials.
- Monitor the U.S. National Hurricane Center website https://www.nhc.noaa.gov
- Monitor the Mexican government’s Civil Protection (“Protección Civil”) website (http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx) and social media (https://www.facebook.com/proteccioncivilbc; https://www.facebook.com/proteccioncivilsonora) for shelter information and other emergency resources as they become available.
- In case of emergency call 911.
This message supersedes anything in the currently available travel advisory.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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