Current ANPC Weather Warning To The Population

 

There are no ANPC Weather Warnings to the Population in place at present

 

The last warning was issued on 29th March 20128 valid for 48 hrs

WARNING TO THE POPULATION

ROUGH SEAS, PRECIPITATION, WIND and SNOW FALL

SITUATION

According to the information provided by the IPMA, weather conditions are expected to worsen over the next 48 hours:

  • Increasing rough seas, with a 4 to 5 meter northwest swell on the west coast until 12 noon on Saturday. To the north of Cape Raso, a waves of 5 to 7 meters of height are predicted, but could reach a maximum of 10 meters in height, beginning 15:00 hrs Friday 30th until 06:00 hrs on Saturday.
  • Rainy periods, sometimes heavy, in the North and Central regions (accumulated between 20 – 30 mm over 12 hours on Friday (30Mar), with the possibility of thunderstorm and hailstorms.
  • Wind from the west quadrant, moderate to strong (up to 50 km / h); gusts along the coasts of up to 70 km / h. and in the highlands up to 90 km / h.
  • Snowfall above 600/800 meters above sea level, rising gradually to 1,200 meters in the districts of Viana do Castelo, Bragança, Vila Real, Guarda, Braga, Castelo Branco and Viseu until 06:00hrs on Saturday (31Mar).

Follow the weather forecasts on www.ipma.pt

 

EXPECTED EFFECTS

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

  • Slippery road surface and possible formation of water, ice and snow patches;
  • 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;
  • Floods of 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 due to stronger wind;
  • Possible coastal shoreline accidents;
  • Subsidence caused by instability of slopes associated with soil saturation, due to loss of consistency.

 

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ANPC recalls that the possible impact of these effects can be minimized, especially through undertaking appropriate measures. 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 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 the speed and taking special care with the possible accumulation of snow and the formation of water patches on roads;
  • Place snow chains on vehicles, whenever you move in the areas affected by the snowfall;
  • Do not cross flooded areas, in order to prevent 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 passing by or staying stay near wooded areas, being aware of the possibility of falling branches and trees, due to a strong winds;
  • Take special care in passing along the coastline and riverside areas historically more vulnerable to coastal gullies, avoiding if possible staying in these places;
  • Do not engage in sea-related activities, such as sport fishing, water sports and seafront walks, and avoid parking vehicles very close to the seafront;

• Be alert to weather information and Civil Protection and Security Forces

 

Communication and Awareness Division

Alcina Coutinho – 919 201 307

Jorge Dias – 965 160 096

 

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