Weather Alert: U.S. Embassy Mexico City (October 21, 2018)

Location: Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Zacatecas, Durango, Coahuila, Chihuahua.

Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that Hurricane Willa is located approximately 150 miles south of Colima and moving in a northerly direction. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for San Blas to Mazatlán while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Playa Perula to San Blas (which includes Puerto Vallarta).  The storm is predicted to strengthen steadily over the next day or so to become major hurricane Monday morning.  

Hurricane Willa is expected to approach the southwestern coast of mainland Mexico by late Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions affecting the coast as early as Tuesday morning.  The storm has potential to produce hurricane-force wind conditions, a dangerous storm surge, life threatening waves and rip currents, and 5-10 inches of rain (up to 15 inches in localized areas) leading to flash flooding and landslides in the affected areas.  

Actions to Take:

• Exercise caution if traveling to the affected areas until the storm has dissipated.

Monitor the local news for updates.

Seek secure shelter.

Follow directions from local officials.

Monitor the websites of the U.S. National Hurricane Center and the Mexican Civil Protection Agency(“Protección Civil”)

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy in Mexico City

(Within Mexico) 01-55-8526-2561

Acsmexicocity@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Mexico Country Information

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