Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port-Au-Prince

Location: Throughout Haiti

Event: Beginning the afternoon of August 21, heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Franklin is expected across portions of Haiti through the middle of the week.  The heavy rainfall may produce areas of flash and urban flooding, as well as river rises and mudslides.  Across Haiti, significant and potentially life-threatening flash flooding is possible Tuesday, August 22, into Wednesday, August 23.

Actions to take: 

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
  • Move to higher ground or higher floors to avoid rising waters.
  • Stay off bridges and do not move through flood water.
  • If your vehicle is stuck in water, only depart the vehicle for higher ground if it is safe to do so; check for water depth, and that water is not swiftly moving (as little as 6 inches of fast-moving water can make adults fall, and 1 foot of moving water can move vehicles).
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside.  If water is rising inside of the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.
  • Remain current on weather, road and water conditions through news sources such as the National Hurricane Center
  • Visit for tips on emergency preparedness
  • 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.
  • If you are in an emergency and are safe, be sure to notify friends and loved ones


  • U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Tabarre 41, Route de Tabarre

Emergencies: +509-2229-8000

Non-emergency inquiries: