Tropical Storm Warning
This Warden Message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens that the Government of Mexico has issued a Warning for Tropical Storm Karl that is currently located about 270 miles or 435 km east of Chetumal, Mexico. This warning is for the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Chetumal northward to Cabo Catoche. Karl is a small tropical storm; tropical storm winds extend 10 miles from the center. The U.S. National Weather Service predicts that the center of Karl will move over the Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday and move into the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday night or Thursday.
Protección Civil of the State of Quintana Roo has issued a GREEN alert for this storm. Protección Civil of the State of Yucatan has issued a BLUE alert for this storm. Please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website to follow the storm’s path.
In addition to danger from wind, a storm surge is expected to produce some coastal flooding near and to the north of where the center makes landfall. The storm surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves. Karl is expected to produce total rain accumulations of three (3) to five (5) inches over the Yucatan Peninsula with isolated pockets up to eight (8) inches.
U.S. citizens in coastal areas may be impacted by the storm and are strongly encouraged to monitor media reports, and the Mexican Government’s Protección Civil website for updated information about the storm and to follow official instructions. The website of the Protección Civil of the State of Quintana Roo can be monitored here. Yucatan’s Protección Civil’s website can be monitored at here. The State of Campeche’s website can be monitored here.
U.S. citizens are urged to stay clear of beaches as rough seas associated with storm conditions create severe hazards. U.S. citizens should stay in contact with relatives and friends in the U.S. to apprise them of their whereabouts, both before and after the storm. Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans. If you must travel during this time please follow normal heavy rain precautions.
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.
For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet website 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 or Consulate.
Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found in the “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” pamphlet and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website. Updated information on travel in Mexico may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
U.S. Citizen Outreach to Southern Quintana Roo.
Officers from the U.S. Consulate will be hosting outreach sessions for U.S. Citizens living in the Southern Quintana Roo areas.
Topics of discussion will be: hurricane preparedness, overseas absentee voting, services provided by the consulate. We have invited representatives of the Quintana Roo and Federal Governments to present information as well.
Sunday, September 19 3:00 P.M.
Chetumal/ Bacalar area:
Rancho Num Ka’an Maya, 1.5 km north of Xpu-ha on the Chetumal - Cancun Federal Carreterra (look for the sign with the vaquero, on the east side of the highway)
Snacks and beverages will be provided
Optional horseback riding available at your own expense, please contact owner, Jeff Deval Heath 983-117-6482.
Monday, September 20 4:00 P.M.
Mahahual/ Xcalak area:
Matan Ka’an Restaurant
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
The U.S. Consulate in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, has responsibility for the Mexican States of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Campeche. The Consulate will be closed from Wednesday, September 15 through Sunday, September 19, reopening on Monday, September 20. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens in the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Campeche, call the Consulate’s main number 999-942-5700 and follow instructions to be connected to the Merida officer on call.
Full contact information follows:
CONSULATE MERIDA (Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31, Colonia Alcala Martin, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico)
Main switchboard dialing from the US: 011-52-999-942-5700
Main switchboard dialing from outside Merida but within Mexico: 01-999-942-5700
CONSULAR AGENCY CANCUN (Plaza Caracol , second level, no. 320-323, Boulevard Kukulcan, km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Office dialing from the US: 011-52-998-883-0272
Office dialing from outside Cancun but within Mexico: 01-998-883-0272
CONSULAR AGENCY COZUMEL (Plaza Villa Mar en el Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juárez between Melgar and 5th Avenue) 2nd floor, locales #8 and 9, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Office dialing from the US: 011-52-987-872-4574
Office dialing from outside Cozumel but within Mexico: 01-987-872-4574
CONSULAR AGENCY PLAYA DEL CARMEN ("The Palapa," Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20, Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Office dialing from the US: 011-52-984-873-0303
Office dialing from outside Playa Del Carmen but within Mexico: 01-984-873-0303