ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Bermuda / Canada (Security threat levels – 1 / 2): As of 0800 local time (1200 UTC) on 9 September 2021, Hurricane Larry was located approximately 335 km (210 mi) east-southeast of Bermuda and was moving north-northwest at 26 kph (16 mph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, Larry was generating maximum sustained winds of 155 kph, with higher gusts. On its current forecast path, the center of Larry will pass east of Bermuda later on 9 September and move near or over the southeastern part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador by the early hours of 11 September. Larry is then anticipated to weaken further while it passes southeast of Greenland.
Outer rain bands from the hurricane may periodically affect Bermuda. Significant rainfall is currently not expected on the island; however, brief heavy rain rates within these bands may produce 25-50 mm (1-2 in) of rain. The storm is expected to move quickly across eastern Newfoundland on 10 September, producing 25-50 mm of rain. Swells producing life-threatening surf and riptide conditions will continue to affect the Leeward Islands, select areas of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas and Bermuda through 11 September. A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for Bermuda. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for southeastern Newfoundland from the town of St. Schotts to Pouch Cave, while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Lamaline to west of St. Schotts, as well as from the area north of Pouch Cove to Bonavista island.
Brazil (Security threat level – 3): On 8 September 2021, Brazilian truck drivers expressing support for President Jair Bolsonaro staged demonstrations throughout Brazil, partially blocking key highway routes in 16 states. Federal highway police officials reported 53 blockades on federal roads tied to “social and political events, not involving key issues for independent truckers.” As of the morning of 9 September, truck drivers continue to block six locations in Paraná state, concentrating in the north and northwest regions of the state — near the Port of Paranaguá, Brazil’s second-busiest grain port. Separately, officials with a union representing truck drivers, Sindicato dos Transportadores de Combustíveis e Derivados de Petróleo de Minas, participated in a 24-hour strike from 7-8 September in the state of Minas Gerais. According to representatives of the union, the work stoppage was in support of President Bolsonaro. The Brazilian Institute of Petroleum and Gas continues to monitor the blockades, but so far it has not reported any impact to the country’s fuel supply.
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): As of 0600 local time (1200 UTC) on 9 September 2021, Tropical Storm Olaf was located approximately 300 km (185 mi) southeast of the tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and was moving north-northwest at 9 kph (6 mph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, Olaf was generating maximum sustained winds of 110 kph, with higher gusts. On its current forecast path, the center of Olaf will approach southern Baja California Sur and move near or over the southern part of the peninsula later on 10 September. Olaf is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 75-100 mm (3-6 in), with isolated maximums of more than 250 mm, across portions of southern Baja California Sur from 10-11 September. This rainfall may trigger flash floods and mudslides. A storm surge is expected to cause coastal flooding, with large and damaging waves, in the affected areas. Swells causing dangerous surf and riptide conditions will affect the states of Baja California Sur, Nayarit and Sinaloa through 12 September.
A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect from the town of Los Barriles to the town of Santa Fe in Baja California Sur. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas located north of Santa Fe to Cabo San Lazaro cape, as well as for areas located north of Los Barriles to the village of San Evaristo.
Philippines / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 4 / 1): As of 0900 UTC on 9 September 2021, Super Typhoon Chanthu was located approximately 675 km (420 mi) east of Manila, Philippines, and was moving west-northwest at 17 kph (10 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Chanthu was generating maximum sustained winds of 240 kph, with gusts of up to 296 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to begin shifting north by 10 September before making landfall in southeastern Taiwan between 11 and 12 September.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a Signal 1 alert – the lowest on a five-tier scale – for Cagayan and Batanes provinces, warning that strong winds are likely as Chanthu passes nearby. PAGASA also warned of heavy rainfall in the aforementioned provinces as well as possible moderate to heavy rainfall in Isabela province. Authorities in Taiwan have warned of torrential rainfall and thunderstorms throughout the island by 12 September.
Vietnam / China (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): As of 0900 UTC on 9 September 2021, Tropical Storm Conson was located approximately 445 km (275 mi) west-northwest of Manila, Philippines, and was moving west-northwest at 26 kph (16 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Conson was generating maximum sustained winds of 93 kph, with gusts of up to 120 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to continue moving through the South China Sea toward the Gulf of Tonkin throughout the day on 13 September before making landfall along the coast of Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam by 14 September. Authorities have warned that heavy rainfall is possible throughout China’s Hainan Island, northern areas of Vietnam, Laos and the northeastern portion of Thailand as Conson approaches.
Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 9 September 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert regarding a recent increase in gang activity, violence and kidnapping, which reads in part as follows: “Since September 2, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has observed increased violent gang and kidnapping activity throughout the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Affected areas include but are not limited to: the vicinity of Carrefour Drouillard, Airport Road, Lower Delmas, Santo, Torcelle, downtown/Champs-de-Mars, as well as greater Croix-des-Bouquets, La Saline, Cite Soleil, Carrefour, and Martissant. The U.S. Embassy has further restricted its staff from non-official travel in the aforementioned areas. Please remain vigilant and avoid all unnecessary travel in the listed areas at this time.”
Lithuania (Security threat level – 2): On 8 September 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius issued a Demonstration Alert regarding a large protest scheduled for 10 September, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Vilnius – Cathedral Square; Gedimino Avenue; Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas)
“Event: U.S. Embassy Vilnius has received information that there will be a large demonstration (7,000 – 10,000 participants) on Friday, September 10, organized by the Lithuanian Family Movement, from approximately 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, in Cathedral Square in Vilnius. There are potential plans for the group to march from the Cathedral Square via Gedimino Avenue to the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas). The demonstration has been authorized by the municipality and there will be a substantial police presence.”