Dept. of State Information Re: Hurricane Patricia, Oct. 23, 2015

Map of MexicoWashington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 23, 2015.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an updated Hurricane Warning for the Pacific Coast of Mexico from San Blas, Nayarit, to Punta San Telmo, Michoacan (see http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac). We advise U.S. Citizens in the affected area to make preparations immediately to protect life and property.  We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to take shelter as advised by Mexican authorities or at any time they feel in danger.

The Government of Mexico is opening shelters in Jalisco state, ordered schools to close and ships to return to port, and is sending out messages to the population.  We can confirm that the airport in Puerto Vallarta is closed at this time.  The water port is also closed to all maritime activities.

You can alert us to U.S. citizens affected by the storm, including yourself, by visiting our Task Force Alert site, selecting “2015 Hurricane Patricia,” and providing as much information as possible.  You may also contact us at 1-888-407-4747 (From the United States and Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (From all other countries), and email [email protected] if you have additional questions or concerns.

Please see the Emergency Message on the homepage of the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara (http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov) for links to various websites that provide further information about the progress of the storm, as well as contact information for the Consulate and the U.S. Department of State.

The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State.  We encourage U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov, and to read the Country Specific Information also found on the site.

Source: www.state.gov