Location: Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Zacatecas, Durango, Coahuila, Chihuahua.
Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that Hurricane Willa is located less than 100 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta 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) and Mazatlán to Bahía Tempehuaya.
Mexican authorities are evaluating possible evacuations. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to closely monitor the official feeds for Conagua (https://twitter.com/conagua_clima) and Proteccón Civil (https://twitter.com/PcSegob) for updates, and to follow any evacuation guidance.
Willa is forecast to accelerate toward the north-northeast and move over or very near the Islas Marias early Tuesday and make landfall along the southwestern coast of mainland Mexico in the hurricane warning area Tuesday afternoon or evening. Willa is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Slight weakening is forecast to begin on Tuesday, but Willa is expected to be a dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico.
The storm will produce hurricane-force wind conditions, a dangerous storm surge, life threatening waves and rip currents, and 6-12 inches of rain (up to 18 inches in localized areas) leading to flash flooding and landslides in the affected areas.
The Embassy and all Consulates General continue to operate on normal hours and offer routine visa, passport, and other consular services. The Consular Agencies in Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán will operate with reduced staffing and limited operations until further notice.
Actions to Take:
- Follow any evacuation instructions as provided by Conagua (https://twitter.com/conagua_clima) and Protección Civil (https://twitter.com/PcSegob).
- Expedite preparations to protect life and property.
- 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”)
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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