Tropical Cyclone ENAWO

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO – March 6, 2017

According to the RSMC Tropical Cyclone Center, Tropical Storm ENAWO will hit northeast Madagascar between Antalaha and Fenerive Est, with maximum wind speed of 115 miles/hour.  ENAWO is moving westward at 7 km/h and is likely to make landfall Tuesday morning, March 7.  U.S. citizens 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.

The current trajectory of ENAWO indicates that 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.  ENAWO has the potential to bring significant wind, rainfall, and flooding across Madagascar.

The storm’s progress can be monitored at the World Meteorological Organization’s website at: and at

The U.S. Embassy has directed that all official travel be delayed until further notice and has restricted in-country travel starting Tuesday, March 7.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the storm and issue updated messages as necessary.

U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents with them (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure these documents 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.

Additional information on disaster preparedness may be found on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at:

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Madagascar Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, located at Lot 207 A Point Liberty
    Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar, at [261] (20) 234-8000, (available 24-hours). U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance call 034-493-2854.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).