UPDATED February 14, 2019 1pm:
FROM THE U.S. CONSULATE REGARDING CURRENT RAINS:
Location: Northern Baja California
Event: The U.S. Consulate advises U.S. citizens that the Mexican Civil Protection Agency and the U.S. National Weather Service have both issued weather advisories for heavy rain through late afternoon on Friday, February 15. Predictions are for several inches of rain, which at times may be heavy.
U.S. National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for southwest California including San Diego County coastal areas, mountains, and valleys through Thursday evening. This weather will occur in northwest Baja California, as well. Heavy rain combined with excessive run off from the coastal mountain slopes and saturated soils could trigger flash flooding of low-lying areas, urbanized street flooding, and debris flows. Debris flows are most likely Thursday afternoon and evening.
The Director of Tijuana Civil Protection tweeted that forecasts suggest these rains will be the worst in the past 25 years and could affect not only Tijuana but also Tecate, Rosarito, and Ensenada to El Rosario, including the mountains of Juarez and San Pedro Martin. Area Mexican schools have been closed on Thursday and Friday as a precaution.
The Tijuana Consulate General expects to operate during normal hours and offer routine visa, passport, and other consular services.
Actions to Take:
- If possible, avoid driving in dangerous weather conditions.
- While driving in the rain or on wet roads, decrease your speed and practice safe driving techniques. Remember that proper steering is important, especially considering the many hills in the area.Tijuana is susceptible to landslides and roads being washed away by rain.
- Refrain from crossing rivers or streams by car or on foot since accumulated water can be deeper than it appears.Attempting to cross bodies of water may flood the engine and stall your vehicle.
- Strong undercurrents may not be visible from the surface. Rather than cross, we encourage you to seek an alternate route or wait in a safe location until water levels subside.
- At home, avoid storing items near water drains.This could cause a blockage during periods of heavy rain and lead to flooding.
- Plan your routes accordingly by avoiding roads with low elevation and highrunoff.
- Be aware of downed power lines or trees that could cause hazards while drivingor walking.
- Stay informed of weather and road conditions through media resources, and keep your cellular phones charged and accessible.
- Ensure that your residential emergency kits are well stocked with food and supplies, and plan for power outages or periods without potable water.
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- Highway Mexico 5 sustained damage from hurricanes last year but is passable for all vehicles if you take it slow. There are about 10-12 miles of detours and construction south of San Felipe. There are 6-7 bridges that are damaged and impassable as well as some washouts, but there are detours set up. Lake Chapala to Gonzaga Bay is open and passable.
- The Mexico 1 toll road between Rosarito and Ensenada is currently under construction from Km. 95-98 around Salsipuedes. Please drive slowly and with caution.
- Road construction is being done on toll road Mex 2D between Tecate and Mexicali from km. 70-90. The road goes down to one lane in both directions. Expect some delays.
- The Ensenada bypass that is planned to go from the northern route of Mex 3 near Valle de Guadalupe to Maneadero is only partially completed and open to local traffic. No word on when construction will be complete.
- Mexico 1 through Maneadero has many potholes.
- There is road work being done on Mex 1 south of Santo Tomás. Expect delays of up to an hour.
- Mex 1 is in extremely rough condition with pot holes and worn roads from about 10 miles south of El Rosario through Cataviña and down to about 10 miles south of Lake Chapala. They are slowly working on patching some stretches of the road, but expect very rough road conditions for almost 200 kilometers.
- Mex 1 is in bad condition with large potholes for about 10 miles around Santa Rosalillita.
- The road out to Abreojos has a number of potholes.
- The north road into Scorpion Bay is passable with a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance.
- The road from San Ignacio to Laguna San Ignacio is now paved almost all the way out to the lagoon. There are a few stretches where they are doing road maintenance.
- Highway Mexico 1 has a lot of pot holes and washouts just north of Santa Rosalía. There is construction being done at the entrance of town in Santa Rosalía.
- 30 miles north of Ciudad Insurgentes there are dirt detours while they are constructing bridges.
- There is construction on Mexico 1 south of Ciudad Constitución with dirt detours as they work on widening the road.
- The road out to San Javier is now paved all the way. The road is in good condition but the passes through a number of arroyos where vehicles will need to go through water. Be careful after rains. Inquire in Loreto about the latest conditions.
- There is major construction on Mexico 1 around La Paz beginning at the airport and continuing for two miles as you pass the city. Traffic is down to one lane in areas. Expect some delays.
- There was a large landslide on Highway Mexico 19 south of Todos Santos between kilometers 74 and 75. There is a paved detour while they do construction.
- Cabo toll road is finished and drivable. This is a toll road with exits for Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the airport. The fees range from 32 pesos to 70 pesos depending on how far you will be taking the road.
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