Weather Alert: U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba

Location:  Western Provinces of Cuba

Event:  Tropical Storm Idalia is projected to develop into a Hurricane and pass over the western part of Cuba beginning today.  This storm is expected to bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, and storm surge.  Countrywide impacts are expected but the western provinces of Cuba are likely to feel more significant effects.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid beaches and coast lines and take shelter in safe locations away from low-lying areas and monitor weather updates.  It is advised to maintain several days of clean drinking water and food and make contact before, during, and after the storm with family members and loved ones.

The U.S. Embassy will close at 1500 on Monday, August 28 and will remain closed on Tuesday, August 29.  Additional closure announcements will be made as necessary. 

All appointments at the U.S. Embassy for Tuesday, August 29th have been cancelled.  U.S. Embassy staff will reach out to re-schedule appointments.  Additional announcements will be made as necessary.

Actions to take:

  • Monitor weather, road, and water conditions through local and U.S. sources, such as the National Hurricane Center.
  •  Maintain safety and security awareness at all times.
  • Avoid the beach and coastlines.
  • As the storm approaches Cuba, avoid areas prone to flooding.  Follow the instructions of local civil defense authorities and monitor local media for developments.
  • Contact your airline if you are experiencing any disruptions in service.
  • Call +(53) (7) 839-4100 to speak to the Embassy duty officer if you are a U.S. citizen needing emergency assistance.
  • Visit for tips on emergency preparedness or review the Hurricane Preparedness guidance on our website.
  • Update and review your family’s contingency plans; all U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Make sure your travel documents are up to date and easily accessible.
  • Notify friends and loved ones of your whereabouts.
  • Contact police or other authorities if you encounter dangerous conditions – and follow warnings and directions provided.
  • Never attempt to drive through standing water; find alternate routes.


U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba
+(53) (7) 839-4100
+(53) (7) 839-4100 and dial 1, then 0 (after hours)
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State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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