US Embassy echoes storm warning in Nicaragua

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 5.41.50 PMThe U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Nicaragua that SINAPRED (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres) has issued a Yellow Alert for Tropical Storm Hanna, which is currently located off the northeast coast of Nicaragua.  The storm is accompanied by high winds and is expected to cause moderate to heavy rains.

The Yellow Alert is issued for all of the cities (Departamentos) in the Pacific and the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast and the cities of Matagalpa and Jinotega.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm advisory for Nicaragua.  Please refer to http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ for up-to-date information on Tropical Storm Hanna.

For the latest official information from Nicaraguan authorities please visit http://www.sinapred.gob.ni/ and http://www.ineter.gob.ni/.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Hanna’s track, and will issue updated messages if necessary.  U.S. citizens in affected locations are urged to identify secure locations for shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all times (i.e., U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in safe, waterproof locations. We also suggest that American citizens in affected areas contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts.

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found in the “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” pamphlet at:http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies/natural-disasters/HurricaneSeason.html, and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ web site at: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies/natural-disasters.html.

Please continue to monitor the National Hurricane Center’s website for updated information. For further information please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Nicaragua, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

In the event of a life or death emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call 2252-7171.  For all other matters related to American citizen services, please send an email to ACS.Managua@state.gov.

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