The Mexican government and foreign embassies are advising residents and travelers that a Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Pacific coast from Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero to Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán, and a Tropical Storm Warning from Acapulco to east of Tecpan de Galeana.
According to a public advisement, hurricane “Marty” is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches over the Mexican state of Guerrero, and 2 to 5 inches over the state of Michoacán through Thursday, October 1, 2015. Isolated amounts of 20 inches are possible in Guerrero from the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains toward the coast. These rains are expected to produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding, large and destructive waves, and swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Residents and travelers are strongly encouraged to monitor media reports and the Mexican government’s civil protection website for updated information about the storm and to follow official instructions. Go to: http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx.
Precautions to take:
- Determine a place to meet if you and your family get separated because of a hurricane.
- If your house is fragile (reed, palapa, adobe, straw, or similar materials) identify a temporary shelter (school, church, or city hall) where you can relocate.
- Make necessary repairs to roofs, windows, and walls to prevent further damage.
- Provide transportation if you have family or elderly patients.
Have the following items ready for an emergency:
- First aid kit
- Radio and flashlight with spare parts
- Purified water or boiled in covered containers
- Canned food (tuna, sardines, beans, milk)
- Personal documents (birth, marriage, primer, agricultural papers, etc. Stored in plastic bag.
So far, the Zihuatanejo area has received strong winds and rains. Schools are currently closed until the alert is cancelled. Residents and travelers are advised to stay clear of the beaches, since rough seas associated with storms can cause high waves and hazardous conditions.
Risk areas in Zihuatanejo and its peripheral colonies:
- Arroyo del Limon
- Agua de Correa
- Arroyo Calechoso
- Rio de Pantla
- River or Lake San Jose Ixtapa (Old Quarter)
Temporary Shelters Available:
- Municipal Auditorium
- Elementary School John N. Alvarez
- Luis Guevara Ramírez School
- Esc Prim Lt. Fed. José Azueta (Los Almendros)
- Esc Prim Fed Cuauhtémoc (El Zarco)
- Esc Prim Miguel Hidalgo (San Miguelito)
- Redemption Prim Tropical Escape (San Jose Ixtapa)
- Esc Prim Miguel Aleman (New Town)
- Esc Prim Cuauhtémoc (San Jose Ixtapa)
- Esc Prim Juan Peztalozzi (The Posquelite)
- Esc Vicente Guerrero (Pantla)
- Esc Emiliano Zapata (The Nitrate)
- Esc Leona Vicario (The Coacoyul)
- Esc Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez (The Achotes)
- Matiana Escape Orb (Agua de Correa)
- Esc Technical Sec 52 (The Dam)
- Esc Technical Sec 186 (Infonavit the Hujal)
- Esc Sec Eva Samano de Lopez Mateo (Downtown)
- High 5 (Col. Cuauhtemoc) – 13 Preparatory UAG (Col. Sports)
- CIVIL AND FIRE PROTECTION: 554-7551 & 554-3453
- MUNICIPAL PUBLIC SAFETY: 554-2040
- MEXICAN RED CROSS: 065
- GENERAL HOSPITAL: 554-3650 & 554-3436
- M.S.S.: 554-4822
- MUNICIPAL HEALTH SERVICES: 554-2088 & 554-3230
- MILITARY NAVAL HOSPITAL: 553-0499
For more information about Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and the surrounding areas, see: