Message For U.S. Citizens: Tropical Depression Approaching the Pacific Coast of Guatemala

May 30, 2020

Location: Guatemala

Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that a level 2-E tropical depression is approaching the Pacific coast of Guatemala at a speed of 6 kilometers per hour.  The tropical depression may reach the coast and interior of Guatemala over the next 72 hours.

Weather conditions are expected to continue with slight and/or moderate to strong, intermittent rains, throughout the country.  The most vulnerable areas are the coastal regions (Jutiapa, Chiquimula, Santa Rosa and Escuintla) due to the rains and winds which could reach speeds of 60 kilometers per hour.  Weather conditions may also result in increased wave height along the coast.

INVISUMEH also cautions that the continued rains may cause sudden swelling in rivers, mudslides, landslides, lahars in the volcanic chain, and damage to road networks.

You may access the full report here:  INVISUMEH’s special bulletin

Actions to take:
o   Monitor updates issued by INSIVUMEH of weather conditions.
o   Do not risk crossing water flows and avoid walking in flooded streets.
o   Drive carefully through country roads with vehicle lights on.
o   Take necessary precautions around beach waves due to increased wind speeds.
o   Meteorology phone numbers: (502)22606303 / 2310-5069

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 and Travel Advisory Page

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