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Messages for U.S. Citizens in 2011

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Tropical Storm Heading for Eastern Honduras

August 18, 2011

To: All U.S. Citizens
From: American Citizens Services Unit, Consular Section

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa informs American citizens residing in or visiting Honduras that a low-pressure system, which has an 80% probability of becoming a tropical depression or even a tropical storm later today, is heading for the east coast of Honduras.  The Embassy strongly encourages American citizens in Honduras to closely monitor the development of this potential storm.  U.S. citizens should monitor local and international media reports, and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) a low-pressure system located about 200 miles south-southwest of Jamaica is becoming better organized.  A tropical depression could form later today or tonight, as the system moves generally westward at around 15 mph. This system has a high chance, approximately 80%, of becoming a tropical depression during the next 48 hours.

Citizens should monitor local and international media reports, and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.  In some areas, adequate shelter from a severe hurricane may not be available to all who may choose to stay.  Visitors should review and follow their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans.  U.S. citizens who plan to stay in their homes or hotels should make preparations in the event that communications, power, and transportation systems are affected.

Flights into and out of airports may be suspended as the storm approaches.  Travelers should contact airlines for the latest updates.  The storm could similarly affect access to ferries and cruise ships.

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 a safe, waterproof location.  We also suggest that American citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts.

For the most-up-to-date information, please visit The National Hurricane Center’s website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Further information on hurricanes and hurricane preparedness is available on the State Department’s website.

Also visit Consular Affairs' website on "Natural Disasters" on this link.

For information from the Honduran Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO), including the national alerts from the Honduran government, please visit http://copeco.gob.hn/n/

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov  provides accurate, frequently updated weather forecasts, the trajectory of current storm systems, and other extremely valuable information on changing weather patterns that might affect the area you live in or plan to visit in Honduras.

If you are going to live in or visit Honduras, please take the time to tell our Embassy about your trip.  If you sign up, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  We can also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  Here’s the link to the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: https://travelregistration.state.gov

U.S. citizens should consult the Country Specific Information for Honduras and the latest Travel Alerts and Warnings and Worldwide Caution at the State Department's website: http://travel.state.gov

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenida La Paz in Tegucigalpa; telephone (504) 2238-5114, after hours telephone (504) 2236-8497; Consular Section fax (504) 2238-4357; E-mail: usahonduras@state.gov; Webpage: http://honduras.usembassy.gov