Current ANPC Warning To The Population

ANPC – WARNING TO THE POPULATION

 

 N.º AP/49/DCS/2018

DATE: 2018-11-28

HOUR: 16H00

 

PRECIPITATION AND ROUGH SEAS

  1. SITUATION

Meteorological situation:

According to the information provided by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), a worsening of the meteorological conditions is expected within the next 48 hours, with persistent and sometimes heavy precipitation, atmospheric instability (thunderstorms) and rough seas along the western coast.

  • 29 NOV – Periods of persistent and sometimes heavy rain, passing to weak showers from the early afternoon in the North and Centre regions and gradually extending to the South.
  • 30 NOV – Light showers until the early afternoon along the coast north of Cape Carvoeiro, especially in Minho.
  • Rough seas along the west coast with waves from west to northwest up to 4 to 5 meters, from the late afternoon of the 28th until the middle of the afternoon of the 29th.

Follow the weather forecasts on www.ipma.pt

  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS

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

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

 

  1. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

 

The ANPC reminds people that the possible impact of these effects can be minimized, in particular by adopting appropriate behaviour, particularly in the most historically vulnerable areas, and recommends that the following self-protection measures be observed:

  • Ensure clearing of rainwater drainage systems and removal of aggregates and other objects that may be dragged or obstruct the free flow of water;
  • Adopt defensive driving, reducing speed and taking special care with the possible accumulation of snow and accumulation of water on roads;
  • Do not cross flooded areas in avoid people or vehicles from falling into holes in the pavement or open sewers;
  • Ensure adequate attachment of loose structures, namely scaffolding, placards and other suspended structures;
  • Take special care in circulating or staying near wooded areas, being aware of the possibility of falling branches and trees;
  • Take special care in the circulating along the coast and riverside areas historically more vulnerable to coastal gullies,
  • Do not engage in sea-related activities such as sport fishing, water sports and seafront walks, and avoid the parking of vehicles very close to the seafront;
  • Be aware of meteorological information and Civil Protection and Security Forces indications.

 

Communication and Awareness Division

Alcina Coutinho – 214 247 100

Jorge Dias – 214 247 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

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