Hurricane Willa gained strength off Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday and has become a major Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185kph). The United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) has reported that Willa could reach Category 4 status (sustained wind speed between 130-156 mph (209-251kph)) before making an estimated landfall on Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Vicente is also tracking from the south towards the same region, however, meteorologists have reported that Willa is likely to prevent Vicente from reaching hurricane status. Both systems will bring torrential rain, damaging winds, landslides, storm surges, and flooding.
A hurricane watch has been posted for between San Blas and Mazatlan, however, the systems could also impact popular spots such as Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita, with Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo to experience strong winds from Hurricane Willa. Weather reports indicate that Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa states will experience significant rainfall which could lead to flash flooding and landslides.
Travelers are advised to listen to local news, heed all warnings and directives from local authorities.
For World Nomads customers, if you have not purchased a policy prior to 9.15am AEDT Monday 22 October and are impacted by the hurricane, you will not be covered.
The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Don't leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.
If you decide to stay and "ride it out", it's advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.
Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."
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The US State Department has issued a travel warning after receiving information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. While there is no indication that American tourists are being specifically targeted, the agency urges travelers to exercise increased caution due to violent crime, as well as a recent explosion on a tourist ferry. They suggest the following actions:
The Canadian State Department has also issued an alert urging Canadian citizens to excercise a high degree of caution when traveling in Mexico.
NOTE: Two days later on 9th March the State Department downgraded the alert and also narrowed the area of concern to five neighborhoods bordered by Avenida Benito Juarez, 50 Avenida Sur (Highway 307), and Calle 34 Norte. The neighborhoods are: Centro, Calica, Gonzalo Guerrero, Quintas del Carmen, and the Villas del Carmen neighborhoods of Playa del Carmen.
This area encompasses several popular tourist attractions including; the 3D Museum of Wonders, Riviera Grand Casino, The Beach Aquarium, The Grand Hyatt (along with several other hotels), and Walmart.
The ferries to Cozumel leave from a terminal just one block south of this area.
Bear in mind that some policies will not cover you if you are traveling to a county your government has warned you not to visit.
Tropical Storm Nate was upgraded from a tropical depression this morning. The storm is currently moving over Nicaragua and Honduras and will make its closest approach to the Yucatan Peninsula Friday night. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning has been issued for the Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun and Cozumel. Impacts there will include locally heavy rain, elevated surf, and
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