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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City
November 4, 2020

Message for U.S. CitizensLocation:   Guatemala, country wide.

Event:  ETA WEAKENS BACK TO TROPICAL STORM:  Having strengthened to a category 4 Hurricane yesterday, November 3 as it made landfall in Nicaragua, Eta has weakened to a Tropical Storm, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h).  Eta will continue to move across Nicaragua today, November 4, entering Honduras tomorrow morning, and reaching Guatemala by the end of tomorrow, November 5.

Guatemala can expect extended, heavy rainfall tomorrow and Friday, with increased risk of flooding, landslides, damage to the road network, and rising rivers.  Central Guatemala is forecast to receive 15 to 20 inches (381 to 508 mm) of rainfall, with isolated amounts of up to 30 inches (762 mm) over eastern-central parts of the country.  Flash flooding, river flooding and landslides are highly likely in areas of heaviest rainfall.  Other parts of Guatemala can expect to receive at least 3-15 inches (76 to 381 mm) of rainfall through Friday.

Actions to Take:

o   Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe.

o   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.

o   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.  


U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov

Tel. (502) 2326-4000


State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Guatemala Country Information

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