Tropical Cyclone ENAWO has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm, according to the RSMC Tropical Cyclone Center. ENAWO is moving westward and made landfall in Northeast Madagascar earlier this morning. Heavy rainfall, leading to potentially dangerous flooding and landslides -- will affect multiple areas, both in the storm’s direct path and all along the coasts, for the next several days. U.S. citizens regardless of their proximity to the storm’s path are urged to locate appropriate shelter, prepare for at least five days with limited access to electricity or water, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Please be advised that assistance to people in need may be delayed.
Due to the storm, the U.S. Embassy will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, March 8th - 9th. The Embassy will re-open on Friday March 10th. Furthermore, the U.S. Embassy has instructed its staff in Antananarivo to shelter in place from 10:00AM on March 8th to 5:00PM March 9th local time. The U.S. advises American citizens to take all pre-caution necessary, including sheltering in place until the storm has passed.
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 will continue to monitor the storm and issue updated messages as necessary.
Additional information on disaster preparedness may be found on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/natural-disasters.html
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