Emergency Message for Residents and Visitors to Baja California and Baja California Sur:

It doesn’t stop, does it? – MD

The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, Mexico, alerts U.S. citizens in Baja California and Baja California Sur that Hurricane Simon is expected to produce heavy rains through Monday night along the western coast of Baja California.  In addition to rain, the storm will bring the threat of flash flooding, mudslides, and life-threatening surf and rip currents.  Currently there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. 

As of Saturday, October 4, 2014, Simon is a Category 3 hurricane threatening the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur.  The National Hurricane Center projects that the storm will bring moderate to heavy rain along the Pacific Coast, with the likelihood of flash floods and mudslides.  Communities located in or near these area should exercise extreme caution.  Please visit the websites of the National Weather ServiceMexico Meteorological Service, and/or Protección Civil for updates and to follow the storm’s path.

U.S. citizens may be affected by the tropical storm and are advised to monitor local media for updates or possible changes to the potentially violent weather conditions and to follow any instructions/warnings issued by the Mexican government.  Preparations to protect life and property should be considered.  U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (i.e. U.S. passport book or passport card) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof location.  If you must travel during this time, please take reasonable precautions such as avoiding entering swiftly moving water.  Drivers should remain vigilant for landslides.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) on the State Department’s website.STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us onTwitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana is located at Paseo de Las Culturas y Camino al Aeropuerto, Mesa de Otay, Delegación Centenario, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico 22425, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., telephone (664) 977-2000 (dialing from the U.S. 011-52 + phone number).  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is (619) 692-2154;E-mail: ACSTijuana@state.gov

The U.S. Consular Agency in Los Cabos is currently closed following damages sustained during Hurricane Odile.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is (619) 692-2154.