Earl, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph, will bring heavy rain and high winds to Central America and Southern Mexico through the remainder of the week. Affected areas include Belize, northern Nicaragua, Honduras, northern Guatemala, and the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Up to a foot of rain is anticipated, creating flooding, mudslides and travel delays; dangerous surf conditions along the coast of the affected areas can also be expected.
As of this writing, Earl is tracking well south of Cancun, but storms can be unpredictable and shift courses, and travelers to the region should be prepared for travel disruptions and power outages. If the storm continues on its current path, it should begin to weaken as it moves inland, but if it veers over water again it could pick up strength before making landfall one more time.
If you are injured or become ill please seek medical aid and contact your 24-hour Medical Assistance Service. Be aware that any functioning hospitals and clinics will be busy caring for other people and there may be long delays. If you are in a region with no operating medical facilities please contact the Medical Assistance Service Immediately.
It is important to remember that the situation you are in can be extremely stressful. Call home and your country's Consulate or Embassy to let them know where you are, if you are alright and if you need any assistance. Keeping an item of comfort nearby, such as a family photo, favorite music, or religious material, can often offer comfort in such situations. Call the emergency assistance hotlines should you need immediate attention.
There may be cover for you if you purchased your policy prior to the storm or hurricane being declared. Check your policy or call our customer assistance teams if you are unsure.
Coverage may vary depending on your place of residence and the level of cover you have purchased, however GENERALLY the cover and benefits of Trip Cancellation or Trip Interuption may assist you. If regular carriage services to your destination have ceased for 24 hours or more (so you can't get there) you may be able to make a claim. Check with our customer assistance teams.
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