The U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua cautions U.S. citizens that Storm System INV-90L in the Caribbean is expected to become a tropical depression later today while it moves northwestward toward the coast of Nicaragua. The storm’s path is currently projected to move slowly northwestward across or near the eastern portions of Nicaragua and Honduras on Thursday, October 5, move into the northwestern Caribbean Sea by Friday, October 6, and emerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico by Saturday, October 7. SINAPRED has declared a nationwide yellow alert. All U.S. citizens in Nicaragua should monitor the progress of this system because additional watches or warnings could be issued later today. Regardless of developments, this system will produce heavy rains over portions of Central America during the next few days, likely causing flash floods and mudslides.
The Embassy’s Regional Security Office has restricted all Embassy employees from travelling to the Caribbean coast to include the Corn Islands until the storm passes on Friday, October 7. All U.S. citizens should ensure that they have adequate food, water, fuel and prescription medications on hand at all times as part of their standard emergency preparedness plan.
For more information or to monitor the development of this system, please visit the National Hurricane Center website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ , and follow the advice of local authorities as provided on the SINAPRED website: http://www.sinapred.gob.ni/ .
For further information about security in Managua:
• See the State Department’s travel website https://travel.state.gov/ for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Nicaragua Country Specific Information.
• 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. Embassy in Nicaragua located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua, at 011-505-2252-7100, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov . After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is also 011-505-2252-7100.
• 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).