Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Location:  El Salvador

Event:  Hurricane Julia made landfall in Nicaragua overnight and is forecast to move into the Pacific as a tropical storm this evening around 8:00pm. The Civil Protection Agency in El Salvador has issued a red alert for the entire country (very high probability of dangerous weather). The Government of El Salvador has closed all schools on Monday the 10th. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center predicts rainfall totals of between five and ten inches throughout the country with isolated areas receiving up to 15 inches through Tuesday. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides across the country.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media and the Civil Protection Agency website for updates.
  • Seek secure shelter.
  • Do not attempt to drive across water standing on a road no matter how shallow it seems.
  • Follow all instructions provided by the Civil Protection Agency.
  • Inform a friend or family member of travel plans over the upcoming week.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit (gov).
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.