Extreme Weather Advice
Extreme Weather in the Caribbean Region
The Atlantic hurricane season generally runs from June to November each year and can also affect the eastern and southern USA with heavy rain, flooding and extremely high winds.
Citizens with plans to be in the affected region during this period should consider the need to travel based on information relating to extreme weather projections. Below are a number of website which may be of use in making your decision to travel.
You should follow the advice of the local authorities, evacuate when asked to do so, exercise caution & keep in contact with friends and family.
We would urge citizens to follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates and download the Departments Travel Advice App, TravelWise. You should also give family and friends the address and telephone number of where you are staying, and call, text, or email them to let them know your plans if a hurricane or tropical storm is forecast to affect the area you are in. We would also encourage you to let family and friends know you are safe after the storm has passed.
Irish citizens travelling or living overseas are encouraged to register their contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. When you register with the Department, it means that we have a record of your details. The information will allow us to contact you, and provide assistance, if necessary and possible, you can register through the link below.
Those with plans to travel to the region in the next few days should contact their airline and/or travel agent as many airports are closing and flights are being cancelled.
For information on severe weather systems affecting the USA and neighbouring regions, visit the website of the US National Hurricane Centre
Tropical Storm Nate
Tropical Storm Nate is currently making its way across Central American and is predicted to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it hits the US Gulf Coast on Sunday.
As of Friday morning Storm Nate had claimed the lives of 22 people in Central America as it battered the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico's Caribbean resorts.
In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding. Emergency officials in Costa Rica reported that at least eight people had been killed, including two children. Another 17 people were missing, while more than 7,000 had to take refuge from Nate in shelters. Three people have died in Honduras due to the storm.
Costa Rica's government has declared a state of emergency. Some highways in the country are reported to have been closed due to mudslides. Power outages were also reported in parts of the country.
Nate was expected to move across eastern Honduras on Thursday and enter the north western Caribbean Sea through the night. The storm will be near hurricane intensity when it approaches Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula late on Friday.
US officials from Florida to Texas told residents on Thursday to prepare for the storm. A state of emergency was declared for 29 Florida counties and the city of New Orleans.