Mexico is braced for the impact of Hurricane John, which is expected to bring heavy rain, high seas and flooding after it absorbed the smaller Tropical Storm Ileana.

In a briefing issued early on Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center warned that ‘swells generated by [Hurricane] John will affect portions of the coasts of southwestern Mexico and the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.


If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. If you are doing this on your phone, use a couple of different apps to get information from multiple sources. 
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

You will find more information to help prepare for and survive a hurricane at


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