The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana cautions U.S. citizens that as of 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time the National Hurricane Center is extending advisories for a potential tropical storm. Strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours and the system could become a hurricane by Thursday or Friday. The disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm by Wednesday. The Government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning for the coast of Baja California Sur from Todos Santos to Los Barriles, including Cabo San Lucas. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for north of Los Barriles to San Evaristo. Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are possible in rain bands along the coast of Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco through Wednesday. The system is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches in the Mexican states of Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit, with isolated maximum totals of 20 inches possible along the immediate coast. This rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Swells generated by the disturbance are affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to visit the following U.S. government websites for more information:
· Mexico Country Specific Information: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html
· Hurricane Season “Know Before You Go:” http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies/natural-disasters/HurricaneSeason.html
· National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
For further information:
- See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mexico.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Consulate Tijuana, located at Paseo De Las Culturas S/N, Mesa de Otay, 22425 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
- You may also call 011-52-664-977-2000 during normal business hours and after-hours.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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