Current ANPC Warning To The Population

NOTICE TO THE POPULATION ISSUED

No. AP / 44 / DCS / 2018 20th October 20.00 hrs

ADVERSE METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

NATIONAL AUTHORITY OF CIVIL PROTECTION

  1. SITUATION

The meteorological situation that will affect mainland Portuguese territory is still very uncertain, namely regarding the trajectory of the depression Leslie and the effects that it will have in relation to wind, precipitation and maritime agitation.

The weather conditions and sea conditions are expected to increase from 19:00 hours on Saturday, 13th October 2018, reaching the most critical peak between 00:00 and 06:00 hours from Sunday regarding winds; 01:00 hrs to 16.00 hrs Sunday for precipitation and from 03:00  to  12:00hrs on Sunday, for high seas. The Portuguese mainland will most likely be affected in all its entire geographical area, and it is not possible to indicate precisely the areas with the greatest impact of this meteorological phenomena.

Special caution with the wind is essential as a precaution, since it can blow heavily in some regions and can contribute greatly to the rapid development of rural fires that may occur.

 

  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS

In view of the situation described above, the following effects may occur:

  • Damage to mounted or suspended structures;
  • Possibility of falling branches or trees due to stronger wind;
  • Possible coastal shoreline accidents;
  • Drainage problems in urban systems, especially those occurring during periods of high tide, and may cause flooding in historically more vulnerable areas;
  • Slippery road surface and possible formation of water and ice accumulation;
  • Possibility of rapid flooding in urban areas, due to the accumulation of rainwater or insufficient drainage systems;
  • Possibility of flooding by transhipment of water lines in historically most vulnerable areas;
  • Floods of underground urban structures with drainage deficiencies;
  • Geomorphological phenomena caused by instability of slopes associated with soil saturation, due to loss of consistency.

 

  1. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ANPC recalls that the possible impact of these effects can be minimized, especially through the adoption of appropriate behaviors. Therefore, and especially in the most vulnerable areas, it is recommended to observe and disseminate the main self-protection measures for these situations, namely:

  • Ensure loose structures, namely, scaffolding, placards and other suspended structures are adequately secured;
  • Take special care in the movement and staying near wooded areas, being aware of the possibility of falling branches and trees due to a stronger wind;
  • Take special care if walking or travelling along coastlines and riverside areas historically more vulnerable to coastal waves. It is best to avoid these areas;
  • Do not engage in activities related to the sea, namely sport fishing, water sports and walks by the sea, avoiding the parking of vehicles very close to the seafront;
  • Ensure the clearing of rainwater drainage systems and removal of aggregates and other objects that may be dragged or obstruct the free flow of water;
  • Adopt a defensive driving, reducing speed and taking special care with the possible accumulation of snow and formation of water sheets in the tracks;
  • Do not cross flooded areas in order to prevent people or vehicles from getting into holes in the pavement or open sewers;
  • Be aware of meteorological information and Civil Protection and Security Forces notices.

 

 

NATIONAL AUTHORITY OF CIVIL PROTECTION

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