Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens:
Date: May 24, 2012
This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Mexico that the National Hurricane Center (NHC, www.nhc.noaa.gov) forecasts Hurricane Bud, currently a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, is approaching Mexico’s Pacific coast. The NHC has issued a hurricane warning for the coast of Mexico from Punta San Telmo northwest to Cabo Corrientes and a tropical storm warning from Cabo Corrientes north to San Blas.
The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Bud is moving in from the Pacific Ocean and is expected to approach Mexico’s coast on the afternoon of Friday, May 25, most likely affecting the coasts of Jalisco and Colima and including the resort areas of Puerto Vallarta/Ribera Nayarit and Manzanillo. As of Thursday afternoon, maximum sustained winds are near 110 MPH with higher gusts. More information about Hurricane Bud from the NHC can be found at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac. Proteccion Civil, the Mexican agency in charge of emergency preparedness, is also monitoring the storm and more information can be found at their websites: http://proteccioncivil.jalisco.gob.mx/index.html (Jalisco), http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx/en/ProteccionCivil/Colima1 (Colima), and http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx/es/ProteccionCivil/Nayarit2 (Nayarit).
The U.S. Consulate General will continue to monitor Hurricane Bud and will issue updated messages as necessary. U.S. citizens are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions from local authorities. U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all times (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in safe, waterproof locations. We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts.
Information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” webpage, and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Updated information on travel in Mexico may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Please continue to monitor the Consulate General’s website (http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov) for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information for Mexico, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.
The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta is located at Paseo de los Cocoteros #85; Sur Paradise Plaza, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, C.P. 63732. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta’s telephone numbers are 011 52 322 222 0069 & 011 52 322 223 3301; the fax number is 011 52 322 223 0074. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145.
The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is located at 175 Progreso Street, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara’s telephone number is 011 52 33 3268 2100; the fax number is 011 52 33 3825 1951. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145.
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