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Messages for U.S. Citizens in 2011

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Weather Conditions in Honduras

October 19, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Honduras of continuing severe weather conditions throughout Central America.  You should monitor local and international weather reports and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.  According to the National Weather Service, strong rain showers and thunderstorms continue to affect the coastal waters of Belize and the Gulf of Honduras.  An approaching cold front currently located in the Gulf of Mexico will likely bring additional rain to the north coast of Honduras in the next few days.

In addition to the departments of Choluteca and Valle, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa declared a state of emergency for the following departments: Cortés, Comayagua, Francisco Morazán, Copán, El Paraíso, Colon, Intibucá, Olancho, La Paz and Yoro.

Recent heavy rains have damaged roads and bridges.  Approximately 26 miles south of Tegucigalpa on the Pan American Highway (CA-1, Km 54, N1346054/W08718499), heavy rains caused both lanes to wash away into a steep ravine, leaving a gap approximately 20 meters wide.  Light vehicles continue to use this roadway, although traffic is moving in one direction at a time along the inner shoulder.  There are also mild to moderate landslides along other segments of the road.

Please note that 40 hours of additional rain are predicted for this area, and roadways are expected to continue to deteriorate.  If driving overland on this roadway or others in Honduras, please exercise extreme caution, paying particular attention to:

  • Cracking or damage to the roadway itself;
  • Rockslides coming from the hillside above the road;
  • Oncoming or passing traffic driving too fast or irresponsibly, given road conditions.

At this point, the southern route to Choluteca in the vicinity of Moramulca is also not recommended for travel.

Flights into and out of airports in Central America may be suspended.  Travelers should contact airlines for updates.

U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all times (e.g., 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 information from the Honduran Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO), including national alerts from the Honduran government, please visit: http://copeco.gob.hn/n/

For the most-up-to-date information, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website: 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".

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov) provides accurate, frequently updated weather forecasts, the trajectory of storm systems, and other 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

American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/acstegucigalpa