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Foreign Office issues advice to travellers after tropical storms hit Mexico

17/09/2013

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to warn British nationals about severe weather conditions and resulting travel disruption in Mexico.

Two powerful tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, have created severe weather and sea conditions which have been affecting most of the country.

Acapulco Airport has been closed until further notice, and the motorway from Mexico City to Acapulco is also closed.British nationals currently in Mexico are being advised to monitor local media and the twitter channel of the Mexixan Secretaria de Gobernacion and follow the advice of local authorities.

Hurricane season usually runs from June to November and can affect the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Mexico. It has been reported that at least 40 people have died and tourists have been left stranded as a result of the 2 storms hitting simultaneously.

Hurricanes and tropical storms - how travel insurance can help

If your holiday is affected by a hurricane or tropical storm your travel insurance may be able to help with the following cover:

Travel delay: Provides a fixed benefit for every 12 hours that your flight is delayed due to adverse weather. It helps you cover additional costs, such as food and drink whilst you wait at the airport. If your outbound flight is delayed for more than 24 hours you may be able to ‘abandon' your holiday and make a claim to recoup the cost.

Catastrophe: Provides cover up to the amount stated in your schedule for additional accommodation costs if you are forced to move from your pre-booked, pre-paid accommodation due to a hurricane or tropical storm.

For additional cover for delays and disruption due hurricanes and other natural disasters including volcanic ash and earthquakes you can also add Natural Catastrophe Cover, which includes cover for cancellation and additional expenses up to £1500, to your travel insurance policy.

For more information about travelling during hurricane season read our guide: Travelling in Hurricane Season

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