Current ANEPC Warning To The Population.

AP / 22 / DCS / 2019

DATE 2019-11-14

ISSUED 10:00 HRS

NOTICE TO THE POPULATION NOTICE

HEAVY RAIN, SNOW, HIGH WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS

NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND CIVIL PROTECTION AUTHORITY

  1. SITUATION

Meteorological Situation:

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

  • Periods of rain or showers, which may be hail and accompanied by thunderstorms in the North and Centre;
  • Strong west quadrant wind gusts up to 85 km/h in the North and Centre and strong highland gusts, gusting up to 95 km / h, reaching up to 110 km/h at the highest points of Serra da Estrela, in the highlands, and in the South, with gusts up to 75 km/h;
  • Snowfall above 1000/1200 meters in altitude, which can accumulate between 5 and 10 cm in the northern and central regions, temporarily lowering the level to above 800 meters in the far north, where it can accumulate 10 cm (for example in Montalegre and Gerês);
  • Waves on the west coast with northwest waves of 5 to 7 meters in height, reaching a maximum of 15 to 16 meters by the end of tomorrow, north of Cape Raso. On the western coast south of Cape Raso, northwest waves up to 6 meters in height can reach a maximum height of 12 meters by early Friday morning.

 

  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS

Given the above situation, the following effects may occur:

  • Slippery road surfaces and possible formation of water and ice patches;
  • Possibility of rapid flooding in urban areas, due to rainwater accumulation or insufficient drainage systems;
  • Possibility of overflowing flooding of water lines in historically most vulnerable areas;
  • Flooding of underground urban structures with drainage deficiencies;
  • Damage to mounted or suspended structures;
  • Drainage difficulties in urban systems, particularly those occurring at high seas, which may cause flooding in historically most vulnerable places;
  • Possibility of branches or trees falling due to stronger wind;
  • Possible accidents on the shoreline;
  • Landslides 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 actions. Therefore, in particular in the historically most vulnerable areas, the observation and dissemination of the main self-protection measures for these situations is recommended, namely:

  • Ensure the clearing of storm water drainage systems and removal of inert and other objects that can be dragged or create obstacles to the free flow of water;
  • adopt defensive driving, reducing speed and paying particular attention to possible snow accumulation and formation of water on the roads;
  • Do not cross flooded areas in order to avoid people or vehicles from falling into pavement holes or open sewage covers;
  • Place snow chains on vehicles whenever driving in areas affected by snowfall;
  • Ensure proper attachment of loose structures such as scaffolding, placards and other suspended structures;
  • Take special care in passing through or staying near wooded areas, paying attention to the possibility of falling branches and trees, due to stronger wind;
  • Take special care in the passing near the coast and riverside areas historically more vulnerable to coastal flooding, avoiding if possible passing by or staying in these places;
  • Do not undertake activities related to the sea, including sport fishing, water sports and walks by the sea, avoiding the parking of vehicles very close to the seafront;
  • Be aware of weather information and indications of Civil Protection and Security Forces.

Communication and Awareness Division

Alcina Coutinho

 

Translated by Associação Safe Communities Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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