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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Antananarivo (Madagascar), Tropical Cyclone Enawo

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Tropical Storm ENAWO will hit northeast Madagascar between Antalaha and Fenerive Est, with maximum wind speed of 115 miles/hour, according to the RSMC Tropical Cyclone Center. It is moving westward at 7 km/h, and is likely to make landfall Tuesday morning, March 7th.   This security message alerts U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Madagascar to take appropriate measures as the flooding and landslide risks will increase with additional precipitation. 

The current trajectory of the storm indicates it will make landfall around Antalaha on Tuesday, pass southward over the central highlands, and then exit the country by Saturday via the southeast coast.  While the system reduces its strength along its trajectory, it has the potential to bring significant wind, rainfall and flooding across Madagascar. 

The storm’s progress can be monitored at the World Meteorological Organization’s website at:

http://severe.worldweather.org/tc/swi/ and at http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/.  

The U.S. Embassy has directed all official travel be delayed until further notice and has restricted in-country travel starting Tuesday March 7th.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the storm and will issue updated messages as necessary.  U.S. citizens in Madagascar are urged to locate shelter, prepare for up to three days with limited access to electricity or water, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.  

U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents with them (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure these in a safe, waterproof location.  We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts and well-being.

Additional information on disaster preparedness may be found on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1207.html.  

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Madagascar enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Comoros.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website. 

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  

These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips. 

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is located at:

Lot 207 A Point Liberty
Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone:  [261] (20) 234-8000 (available 24-hours)
Fax:  [261] (20) 234-8035
Web site:  http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov/

U.S. citizens in need of urgent assistance should call the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy: 034-493-2854