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Mexico Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Oct 24, 2006

This Public Announcement is being issued to inform U.S. citizens of Hurricane Paul, which is expected to make landfall on the Baja Peninsula on Tuesday, October 24. It will probably hit the Mexican mainland states of Sinaloa, and possibly Sonora and Nayarit, on Wednesday, October 25.

According to National Hurricane Center projections, Hurricane Paul, a category 2 storm, is likely to make landfall on the Baja Peninsula between the cities of La Paz and Cabo San Lucas, a major resort destination, on Tuesday, October 24. There is a hurricane watch in effect along the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. The storm is currently producing sustained winds of 110mph or 160km. The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Paul will cross over the Sea of Cortez and again make landfall on the Mexican mainland between the cities of Mazatlan and Culiacan on late Tuesday or early Wednesday, October 25. The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch between Agua Blanca and points south on the west coast of Mexico. U.S. citizens in affected regions should immediately head to higher ground and/or identify shelter, monitor local media reports, and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans. U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID's, etc.) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof location. Additionally, all American citizens in the area are reminded to stay in contact with friends and family in the United States to keep them apprised of their current whereabouts.

Flights into and out of Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Mazatlan international airports may be suspended at any time, and current flights may fill quickly. Travelers should continue to contact the airlines for updated information on flight availability. Roads out of Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan are poor, and may quickly be rendered impassable with no warning.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are projected to affect the area within a 36-hour time period. Providing accurate storm models at this time is difficult, and the trajectory and velocity of the storm can change at any time.

For the most up-to-date track of the hurricane and updates, please visit The National Hurricane Center's website http://www.nhc.noaa.gov. 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. Consulate in Tijuana, Baja California, will be open for business during regular business hours on Tuesday, October 24. U.S. citizens in the Cabo San Lucas area can also contact the U.S. Consular Agency in Cabo San Lucas for information and assistance. The Consular Agency is located at Blvd. Marina, Local C 4, Plaza Nautica, Colonia Centro, Cabo San Lucas, BCS telephone (52) 624-143-3566. IN EMERGENCIES ONLY, please contact the duty officer in Tijuana at (619) 692-2154. If unable to reach the emergency contact numbers due to inoperable telephone service, please contact the duty officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at (52)(55) 5080-2000.

The U.S. Consulate in Hermosillo will be open during business hours Monday through Friday and available at any time, including after hours and weekends, for emergency services to American citizens. The Consular Agency in Mazatlan is located at Hotel Playa Mazatlan, Rodolfo T. Loaiza 202, Zona Dorada, telephone (52) 669-916-5889. The ability to provide assistance outside of Mazatlan may be limited by weather and travel conditions. IN EMERGENCIES ONLY, please contact the duty officer in Hermosillo at (52) 662 256 0741 and in Mazatlan at (52) 669 918 0303. If unable to reach any of these emergency contact numbers due to inoperable telephone service, please contact the duty officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at (52)(55) 5080-2000.

The U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara will be open during regular business hours Monday through Friday and available at any time, including after hours and weekends, for emergency services to American citizens. IN EMERGENCIES ONLY, please contact the duty officer in Guadalajara at (52) 52 33 3137 2833. If unable to reach the duty officer at this number due to inoperable telephone service, please contact the duty officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at (52)(55) 5080-2000.

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 Announcements and Travel Warnings 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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