Message for U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

September 2, 2020

Location:   Guatemala, country-wide.

EventTROPICAL STORM NANA FORECAST TO STRENGTHENTropical Storm Nana is expected to reach the coast of Honduras on September 2 and could strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane tonight (Wednesday) prior to reaching Belize and Guatemala on September 3. The primary concern for Guatemala is extended, heavy rainfall, which increases the risk of flooding, landslides, lahars on Fuego and Santiaguito volcanoes, damage to the road network, and rising rivers.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe.
  • Visit CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres) and INSIVUMEH (Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología) websites for updated weather and hazard information.
  • CONRED issued an advisory yesterday for the general population to review their household evacuation plans, locations of closest shelters, and ensure that a 72 hour emergency bag is ready for all household members. The advisory included precautions to reduce COVID-19 infection should people need to evacuate to a local shelter.
  • Navigation devices and applications that provide directions and traffic and route suggestions should be used with caution as certain detours or alternate routes from main roads and highways can lead to unsafe areas or roads affected by flooding or landslides.

 Assistance: 
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov
Tel. (502) 2326-4000
Amcitsguatemala@state.gov
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Guatemala Country Information
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