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Puerto Rico: Electrical blackout hits entirety of island territory
Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause
Puerto Rico loses all its power again
Island-Wide Blackout Hits Puerto Rico, Twin-Indians Game Will Go On
Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
For months, Puerto Rico has grappled with widespread power outages after Hurricane Maria
Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe...
Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico
Canadian Rock Band Across The Board Set To Release Second Full Length Album "Sonic Boom"
Twins-Indians game in Puerto Rico will go on, despite island-wide blackout
Watch: Lindor's home run in native Puerto Rico
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Puerto Rico could be without power for more than a day in new blackout
Island-wide blackout hits hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Hit by Islandwide Blackout as Grid Falters Again
All of Puerto Rico Loses Power as Grid Falters Again
Island-Wide Power Outage Hits Puerto Rico
Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico, which is suffering unstable power grid following hurricane
Massive Puerto Rico power outage won’t stop Indians-Twins MLB game in San Juan
Three for Earth Day -- Sunday April 22 @ 3 PM in New York City
OriginClear's WaterChain Issues Call for Self-Reliant Water Projects in Puerto Rico
In A Puerto Rican Mountain Town, Hope Ebbs As The Hardship Continues
Indians vs. Twins odds, line, picks for MLB game in Puerto Rico from proven model
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Puerto Rico blackout won't affect Indians-Twins game
Lindor's crowd-pleasing HR leads Indians over Twins in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican Lindor homers in San Juan as Indians top Twins
Puerto Rico Hit With Another Island Wide Blackout
Lindor's homer sparks Indians' 6-1 win over Twins in Puerto Rico
Entire island of Puerto Rico without power
A Former UN Under Secretary General is Joining an Event Calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka: TGTE
Cleveland Indians donate playoff share worth nearly $37,000 to Puerto Rico relief
Lindor’s home run helps Indians top Twins in Puerto Rico
'Millionaire' pleads guilty to fraud after hurricane scam in Puerto Rico
Francisco Lindor homers in Indians' win in Puerto Rico: 'This is where I grew up. These are my people. It's extremely special.'
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
URGENT - Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
Puerto Rico hit by island-wide blackout
Brother: Co-pilot worried before Puerto Rico crash
Puerto Rico Suffers Island-Wide Power Outage; Restoration Expected Within 24 to 36 Hours
How to actually help Puerto Rico. Hint: It won’t be easy.
Biologics Market Growth Is 66% Faster Than Pharma
Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
Puerto Rico hit by island-wide blackout - AP
Months after Maria, Puerto Rican patients travel 12 hours for dialysis
How is health care in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria? No one knows.
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
"This is too much": Massive power outage hits Puerto Rico
Today
Clear/Sunny
High:83°F (28°C)
Low:77°F (25°C)
Winds:ENE 9 MPH (15 KPH)
Precipitation:1.6
Tomorrow
Patchy Rain
High:83°F (28°C)
Low:76°F (24°C)
Winds:E 9 MPH (15 KPH)
Precipitation:3.8
Saturday
Clear/Sunny
High:85°F (29°C)
Low:77°F (25°C)
Winds:ESE 8 MPH (14 KPH)
Precipitation:0.2
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
High:85°F (29°C)
Low:77°F (25°C)
Winds:ESE 8 MPH (13 KPH)
Precipitation:1.9
Monday
Partly Cloudy
High:85°F (29°C)
Low:77°F (25°C)
Winds:ESE 10 MPH (16 KPH)
Precipitation:0.9
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El Yunque Rainforest Tour, Puerto Rico
San Juan
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Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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Republic of Congo Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Republic of the Congo regarding the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 20.

U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness due to the potential for political unrest leading up to, during, and following the election period.  This Travel Alert expires on April 15, 2016.

 

Political protests and demonstrations may occur in this timeframe. Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates, including any changes in the election schedule.  Presidential election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election.

For more information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
  • 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 Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-2000, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
  • 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).
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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - 2015 - 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.

While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2015, and ends April 30, 2016.  U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the region should monitor local weather reports and take other appropriate action as needed.  This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared.  For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit NOAA's Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide.

Tropical cyclones can create dangerous and uncomfortable conditions that can prevent travel for days.  Tropical cyclones are often accompanied by damaging winds, high tides and flooding.  If you are living near or staying close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk.  Landslides and mudslides are also a serious concern.  Roads can be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  You should be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer, particularly if you are residing in or visiting a South Pacific island country where air travel service is limited. 

Be sure to check with local authorities for safety and security updates.  Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred.  Security personnel and medical services may not always be readily available, as weather conditions or damage to infrastructure may delay or prevent emergency assistance.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the tropical cyclone season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency.  If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options.  U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility.  For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans on a reimbursable basis.  For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website.   

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical cyclones can develop into typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

For further information on tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or the Government of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

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Current News in Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico: Electrical blackout hits entirety of island territory
  • Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause
  • Puerto Rico loses all its power again
  • Island-Wide Blackout Hits Puerto Rico, Twin-Indians Game Will Go On
  • Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
  • For months, Puerto Rico has grappled with widespread power outages after Hurricane Maria
  • Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe...
  • Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico
  • Canadian Rock Band Across The Board Set To Release Second Full Length Album "Sonic Boom"
  • Twins-Indians game in Puerto Rico will go on, despite island-wide blackout
  • Watch: Lindor's home run in native Puerto Rico
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Puerto Rico could be without power for more than a day in new blackout
  • Island-wide blackout hits hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico Hit by Islandwide Blackout as Grid Falters Again
  • All of Puerto Rico Loses Power as Grid Falters Again
  • Island-Wide Power Outage Hits Puerto Rico
  • Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico, which is suffering unstable power grid following hurricane
  • Massive Puerto Rico power outage won’t stop Indians-Twins MLB game in San Juan
  • Three for Earth Day -- Sunday April 22 @ 3 PM in New York City
  • OriginClear's WaterChain Issues Call for Self-Reliant Water Projects in Puerto Rico
  • In A Puerto Rican Mountain Town, Hope Ebbs As The Hardship Continues
  • Indians vs. Twins odds, line, picks for MLB game in Puerto Rico from proven model
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Puerto Rico blackout won't affect Indians-Twins game
  • Lindor's crowd-pleasing HR leads Indians over Twins in Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rican Lindor homers in San Juan as Indians top Twins
  • Puerto Rico Hit With Another Island Wide Blackout
  • Lindor's homer sparks Indians' 6-1 win over Twins in Puerto Rico
  • Entire island of Puerto Rico without power
  • A Former UN Under Secretary General is Joining an Event Calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka: TGTE
  • Cleveland Indians donate playoff share worth nearly $37,000 to Puerto Rico relief
  • Lindor’s home run helps Indians top Twins in Puerto Rico
  • 'Millionaire' pleads guilty to fraud after hurricane scam in Puerto Rico
  • Francisco Lindor homers in Indians' win in Puerto Rico: 'This is where I grew up. These are my people. It's extremely special.'
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • URGENT - Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
  • Puerto Rico hit by island-wide blackout
  • Brother: Co-pilot worried before Puerto Rico crash
  • Puerto Rico Suffers Island-Wide Power Outage; Restoration Expected Within 24 to 36 Hours
  • How to actually help Puerto Rico. Hint: It won’t be easy.
  • Biologics Market Growth Is 66% Faster Than Pharma
  • Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
  • Puerto Rico hit by island-wide blackout - AP
  • Months after Maria, Puerto Rican patients travel 12 hours for dialysis
  • How is health care in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria? No one knows.
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • "This is too much": Massive power outage hits Puerto Rico
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Current Weather & Forecast
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23°C
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  • El Yunque Rainforest Tour, Puerto Rico
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  • Walking tour of Old San Juan Puerto Rico at night
  • Driving in Rincón, Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico tourism teaser trailer
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