Hurricane Blanca Approaching Baja Sur
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:
Hurricane Blanca Approaching Baja California Sur, Mexico
June 5, 2015
This emergency message informs U.S. citizens that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Mexican authorities are projecting that Hurricane Blanca will likely make landfall in Baja California Sur on Monday morning. The government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, extending from La Paz to Santa Fe. A watch indicates that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.
Currently a Category 1 hurricane, Blanca is expected to weaken further before making landfall as a Tropical Storm or Tropical Depression. Even as a Tropical Storm or Depression, strong winds, rains, and tides will impact the southern Baja California peninsula and can cause flash flooding, road washouts, and dangerous rip currents. Current projections indicate that the eye of Blanca will most likely hit northwest of Los Cabos on Monday morning. However, the effects of the storm will be felt throughout the state of Baja California Sur, beginning as early as today in the southernmost part of the peninsula (e.g., rough seas and strong currents), and continuing through the first half of next week as the storm makes its way north.
We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to monitor media reports and the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website, http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, for updated information about the storm and to follow official instructions. We urge U.S. citizens to stay clear of beaches, as rough seas associated with storm conditions create dangerous hazards. U.S. citizens should stay in contact with relatives and friends in the United States to apprise them of their whereabouts, both before and after the storm. Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans.
Public inquiries regarding U.S. citizens can be directed to the U.S. Consulate General Tijuana by telephone 52-664-977-2033 or email to BlancaEmergencyUSC@state.gov. The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana’s hurricane information page is http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/hurricaneblanca.html.
For realtime information about U.S. Embassy assistance on the ground, please follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConsuladoEstadosUnidosTijuana) and Twitter (@ConsuladoUSATJ)using hashtag #HurricaneBaja. .
Please also visit the following U.S. government websites for more information:
Mexico Country Specific Information: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html
Hurricane Season “Know Before You Go:” http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/
National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://www.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, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.
Contact the U.S. Embassy/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, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana is located at Paseo De Las Culturas S/N, Mesa de Otay, 22425 Tijuana, BC, Mexico, and is open from 7:30am PST to 4:15pm PST. Switchboard phone number (dialing from the United States) is 011.52.664.977.2000, and Post’s ACS webpage is http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/service.html. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the main switchboard number at any time and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.