The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has downgraded Hurricane Patricia to a Tropical Depression.

(see http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_ep5.shtml?5-daynl#contents) Heavy rainfall continues in some of the affected areas, and some highways, including the Colima-Manzanillo Road, have been affected by landslides.  The Government of Mexico continues its damage assessments, but early reports are that damage to transportation infrastructure is much lighter than expected.  The Government is closing public shelters, and local airports are re-opening, with U.S.-Mexico flights expected to resume later today.  We advise U.S. citizens to maintain vigilance, however, due to the continued threat of landslides, and they should verify travel plans prior to travel, as some hotels remain closed and some flights may have been cancelled.

You can alert us to U.S. citizens affected by the storm, including yourself, by visiting our Task Force Alert site, selecting “2015 Hurricane Patricia,” and providing as much information as possible.  You may also contact us at 1-888-407-4747 (From the United States and Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (From all other countries), and email PatriciaEmergencyUSC@state.gov if you have additional questions or concerns.

Please see the Emergency Message on the homepage of the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara (http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov) for links to various websites that provide further information about the progress of the storm, as well as contact information for the Consulate and the U.S. Department of State.

The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State.  We encourage U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov, and to read the Country Specific Information also found on the site.