Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, U.S Consulate General Guadalajara, and U.S. Consulate General, Tijuana Mexico (August 6, 2018)

Location:  Coastal Southwestern Mexico areas of Punta San Telmo to Playa Perula and Tecpan de Galeana to Cabo Corrientes; and Baja California Sur Peninsula from Los Barriles to Todos Santos.

Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Ileana and Tropical Storm John continue to move off the coast of southwestern Mexico.

Tropical Storm Ileana is moving to the northwest at 17 mph (28 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue into Wednesday.  Ileana’s center is forecast to move parallel to and just offshore the coast of southwestern Mexico through Tuesday.  The Government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Watch for the area of Punta San Telmo to Playa Perula, a Tropical Storm Warning for the area from Tecpan de Galeana to Cabo Corrientes, and a Tropical Storm Watch for the area of Los Barilles to Todos Santos.  Hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area tonight August 6 and early August 7.  Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area late today August 6 through early August 7.  Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area over southern Baja California Sur the morning of August 8.

Ileana is expected to produce total rain accumulations of two to four inches over coastal sections of the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco, with possible isolated maximum amounts of six inches through the night of August 7.  These rains may cause flash flooding.  Swells generated by Ileana will affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico for the duration of the storm.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tropical Storm John is moving toward the west-northwest at 8 mph (13 km/h) with a faster northwestward motion forecast for the next few days.  Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.  John is forecast to become a hurricane later August 6 and a major hurricane Tuesday August 7.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.  Swells generated by John are expected to begin affecting the coast of southwestern Mexico during by August 7 and will continue for the duration of the storm.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid travel 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 Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) websitehttp://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx

This message supersedes anything in the currently available travel advisory.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy in Mexico City
011-52-55-5080-2000
Acsmexicocity@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Mexico Country Information

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