Mexico Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 15, 2006

This Public Announcement is being issued to inform U.S. citizens of Tropical Storm Lane, which is expected to strengthen to hurricane status and affect the Baja Peninsula and portions of the Western Coast of mainland Mexico. This Public Announcement expires on September 22.

According to National Hurricane Center projections, as of 2:00 AM PDT on Friday, September 15, Tropical Storm Lane is expected to become a hurricane by September 16, 2006. The path of the storm as of September 15 tracks Lane between the Baja Peninsula and the western coast of mainland Mexico. U.S. citizens should monitor The National Hurricane Centers website http://www.nhc.noaa.gov for the most up-to-date track of the hurricane.

U.S. citizens in these regions should monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local emergency officials, which may include heading to higher ground and/or identifying shelter. U.S. citizens are strongly urged to comply with all official decisions related to any evacuation. Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans and stay in contact with relatives and friends in the U.S. to apprise them of their whereabouts and welfare. U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture IDs, etc.) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe waterproof location.

Flights into and out of the airports in affected regions may be suspended at any time, and current flights may fill quickly as people try to depart ahead of the storm. Travelers should continue to contact their airlines for updated information on flight availability. Many of the local roads in the affected areas are poor and may be rendered impassable with no warning. Coastal areas may see storm surges of as much as fifteen feet.

Citizens living in areas that may be affected may also contact their local "Proteccion Civil" office for updated information about the storm and preparedness measures to take.

The U.S. Consulates in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Hermosillo will be open for regular business hours on September 18. However, Consular personnel are available at any time for emergency American citizen services, although Consulates ability to provide assistance in the heavily affected areas may be limited by weather and travel conditions.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings, and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on 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). American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy.

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