Event: As of 1400 EST on June 17, 2021, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL reported that a broad area of low pressure over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico has produced cloudiness, showers, and thunderstorms. A tropical or subtropical depression is likely to form over the west-central Gulf of Mexico tonight or early Friday. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall will continue over portions of Central America and southern Mexico during the next few days. Total rainfall for the next 3 days may reach 15-20 inches over northwestern Peten in Guatemala and about 6-10 inches for most of Guatemala. There is a moderate risk of flash floods over western portions of Guatemala.
As a reminder, Hurricane season is upon us and The National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) reports that since the beginning of the 2021 rainy season, 160 incidents (flooding, landslides, collapsed structures, strong winds, etc) have occurred throughout Guatemala.
Embassy operations are normal, however the Embassy will be closed to the public on June 18, 2021 in observance of Juneteenth Day.
Actions to Take:
Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Hurricane Center (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) to be aware of weather developments.
Inform your friends and family of your whereabouts. Remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.
Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department’s “Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones” webpage.
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/
Tel. (502) 2326-4000
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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