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Messages for U.S. Citizens in 2011

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Weather Conditions: Bay Islands and Gracias a Dios under Green Alert

October 20, 2011

This message is an update from the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa for U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Honduras of the continuing severe weather conditions throughout Central America.  You should continue to monitor local and international weather reports and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.  As of October 19, the Honduran Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO), extended a green alert to the departments of the Bay Islands and Gracias a Dios for the next 48 hours due to the rainstorms brought on by the first cold front of the season.

The departments of Olancho and El Paraiso are also under green alert.  Choluteca and Valle, continue to be under red alert, as these areas have been the most affected from the low pressure system in Central America.  The following departments are under yellow alert: Comayagua, La Paz, Intibucá, Lempira, Ocotepeque, Copan, Santa Bárbara, Cortés, Atlántida, Yoro, Colón, and Francisco Morazán.

News media outlets continue to report on the deteriorating conditions of roads and bridges in Honduras due to the recent heavy rains.  Even when the rain stops you should obtain updated information before departing and verify that your route has not been damaged or closed.

CORRECTION: In an emergency message released October 19, 2011, the Embassy recommended against travel using the southern route to Choluteca.  The road located approximately 26 miles south of Tegucigalpa on the Pan American Highway is actually the CA-5 and not the CA-1 as it was referred to in the prior Emergency Message.

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