The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2019.
Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2019 season to be near normal. NOAA predicts that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will produce 9-15 named storms, of which 4-8 are expected to become hurricanes, and 2-4 of those are expected to become major hurricanes. However, it is not possible to reliably predict the number or intensity of hurricanes making landfall in a seasonal outlook, or whether a given locality will be impacted by a hurricane this season.
During and after some previous storms, U.S. citizens traveling abroad encountered dangerous and often uncomfortable conditions that lasted for several days while awaiting transportation back to the United States. You may be forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability. Roads may be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas. Looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters is not uncommon, and security personnel may not always be available to assist. In the event of a hurricane, be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer.
If you live in or travel to these areas during the hurricane season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency. If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible. Commercial airlines are the Department’s primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options. U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility. For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans. For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website, https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies.html.
If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification). Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies. NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php and http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments. Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. Inform your family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency. Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department’s “Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones” webpage.
- U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Non-emergency inquiries: SDOAmericans@state.gov
- Contact the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747toll-free from the United States and Canada