Tropical Storm ENAWO will hit northeast Madagascar between Antalaha and Fenerive Est, with maximum wind speed of 115 miles/hour, according to the RSMC Tropical Cyclone Center. It is moving westward at 7 km/h, and is likely to make landfall Tuesday morning, March 7th. This security message alerts U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Madagascar to take appropriate measures as the flooding and landslide risks will increase with additional precipitation.
The current trajectory of the storm indicates it will make landfall around Antalaha on Tuesday, pass southward over the central highlands, and then exit the country by Saturday via the southeast coast. While the system reduces its strength along its trajectory, it has the potential to bring significant wind, rainfall and flooding across Madagascar.
The U.S. Embassy has directed all official travel be delayed until further notice and has restricted in-country travel starting Tuesday March 7th.
The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the storm and will issue updated messages as necessary. U.S. citizens in Madagascar are urged to locate shelter, prepare for up to three days with limited access to electricity or water, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.
U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents with them (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID's, etc.) or secure these in a safe, waterproof location. We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts and well-being.
Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council