Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy, Mexico

Location:  Baja California Peninsula, Sonora, and Chihuahua

Event:  The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that Hurricane Sergio is forecast to generate dangerous surf conditions across much of the of Baja California Peninsula as well as heavy rainfall in the central Baja California Peninsula, Sonora, and along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area along the western coast of the Baja California Peninsula by tonight, October 11, and these conditions will spread to the east coast of the peninsula tonight or early Friday, October 12.  These conditions could reach the coast of mainland Mexico late Friday.

Swells generated by Sergio are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Sergio is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across the central Baja California Peninsula and Sonora through Friday.  This could lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides within mountainous terrain.

Many cities, including Hermosillo and Ciudad Juarez, are prone to flooding and residents should take extra care when outside their homes or traveling by vehicle.  U.S. citizens should monitor the U.S. Embassy website for information about consular services and operating hours at U.S. consulates in the affected area.

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 and the Mexican government’s Civil Protection (“Protección Civil”) website (http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx/).
  • In case of emergency call 911.

Assistance:
U.S. Embassy in Mexico City<https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/>
(Within Mexico) 01-55-8526-2561<ctxtel:01-55-8526-2561>
Acsmexicocity@state.gov<mailto:Acsmexicocity@state.gov>
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747<ctxtel:888-407-4747> or 202-501-4444<ctxtel:202-501-4444>
Mexico Country Information <https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/Mexico.html>
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