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Monday, October 23, 2006 6:53PM

Hurricane Paul Update


The following important advisory is courtesy of John Stoltzfus:

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U.S. Consulate General
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
October 23, 2006

Warden Message

This Warden Message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens that Hurricane Paul, a Category 2 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, is strengthening and turning northwards towards the Mexican Coast.  As of 0800 hours on Monday Oct 23 Hurricane Paul is 400 kilometers (240 miles) south of Cabo San Lucas and 300 kilometers (180 miles) west of Puerto Vallarta.  Forecasts indicate that it may turn northeast and make landfall between Culiacan and Mazatlan early Wednesday morning.  A hurricane watch has been issued for the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, but no advisory has been issued for the Mexican mainland.  The U.S. Consular Agency in Cabo San Lucas is in contact with Mexican civil authorities and continues to monitor the situation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
All U.S. citizens currently in the affected areas should secure their travel documents, (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) by placing them in a safe, waterproof location and carrying them at all times.   U.S. citizens are reminded to keep friends and family in the United States apprised of your whereabouts.

For the most up-to-date track of the hurricane and updates, please visit The National Hurricane Center’s website http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.  

U.S. Citizens living in areas that may be affected are encouraged to contact their local “Proteccion Civil” office for updated information about the storm and preparedness measures, including possible evacuation and shelter information.  U.S. citizens in the projected path of the storm are strongly urged to monitor media reports and follow all official instructions.  Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans.  Flights into and out of affected airports may be suspended at any time.
  
The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana will be open during business hours Monday through Friday and available at any time, including after hours and weekends, for emergency services to American citizens.  Our ability to provide assistance outside of Cabo San Lucas may be limited by weather and travel conditions.  FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, please contact the duty officer in Tijuana at (619) 692-2154 or the Consular Agency in Cabo San Lucas at (52) (664) 143-3566. If unable to reach any of these emergency contact numbers due to inoperable telephone service, please contact the duty officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at (52) (55) 5080-2000.

Americans living or traveling in Mexico are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Consulate through the Department of State's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov.  Additional information on travel in Mexico may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or (202) 501-4444 from overseas, by consulting the Consular Information Sheet for Mexico available via the Internet at www.travel.state.gov or by contacting the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara at (52) 333-268-2100 or the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at (52) (55) 5080-2000 during regular business hours.
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John, Thank you for submitting that. - BWU