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No. AP / 5 / DCS / 2019

DATE 2019-03-04

TIME 3:00 p.m.

NOTICE TO THE POPULATION

PRECIPITATION, SNOW, WIND and HIGH SEAS

NATIONAL AUTHORITY OF CIVIL PROTECTION

  1. SITUATION

Meteorological situation:

Following the contact with the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), carried out today at the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) National Relief Operations Command (CNOS) and according to the available meteorological information, for the next 48 hours, a worsening of the meteorological conditions is forecast, emphasizing:

Periods of heavy rainfall (between 10 and 20 mm in one hour) and persistent rainfall (between 30 and 40 mm in six hours) in the North and Centre regions, becoming showers, which may be strong, hail and accompanied by thunderstorm between the early afternoon of tomorrow 5th March and the end of Wednesday morning.

Strong winds from the south quadrant with gusts up to 80 km / h north of Cape Mondego. In the highlands of the North and Centre regions wind with gusts up to 100 km / h, from the middle of the afternoon of tomorrow until the beginning of the morning of Wednesday.

Snowfall above 1200/1400 meters altitude, between late afternoon of Wednesday 6th March and the end of the morning of Thursday, being able to descend to the quota of 1000 meters in the Gerês mountain range.

High seas on the west coast with south-westerly waves of 4.0 to 4.5 meters, passing between the late afternoon of tomorrow and the early afternoon of Thursday, to the northwest with waves 4 to 5 meters high.

Follow the weather forecasts on www.ipma.pt

 

2. EXPECTED EFFECTS

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

  • Slippery road surface and possible formation of water and ice 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 most vulnerable areas;
  • Flooding 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 places;
  • Possibility of falling branches or trees due to stronger wind;
  • Possibility of coastal shoreline accidents;
  • Landslips caused by instability of slopes associated with soil saturation, due to the loss of their consistency.

 

3. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ANPC reminds the populations that the possible impact of these effects can be minimized, especially through the adoption of appropriate behaviour. 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 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 defensive driving, reducing speed and taking special care with the possible accumulation of snow and formation of water patches on roads;
  • Do not cross flooded areas so as to prevent persons or vehicles becoming trapped in the pavement or open sewage boxes;
  • Placing the snow chains on the vehicles, when driving in areas affected by snowfall;
  • Ensure adequate fixation of loose structures, namely, scaffolding, placards and other suspended structures;
  • Take special care in passing by and staying near wooded areas, being aware of the possibility of falling branches and trees, due to a stronger wind;
  • Take special care in passing along the coastline and riverside areas historically more vulnerable to coastal gullies, avoiding if possible passing by or stating in these places;
  • 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

 

Be alert to weather information and Civil Protection and Security Forces indications.

 

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