Current ANEPC Warning To The Population.

AP / 4 / DCS / 2021

DATE 2021-01-19

TIME 16H35

NOTICE TO THE POPULATION

PRECIPITATION, SNOW, WIND AND MARITIME AGITATION

NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND CIVIL PROTECTION AUTHORITY

 

1.SITUATION

According to the information provided by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), for the next 48 hours, the forecast of adverse weather conditions stands out, highlighting the following aspects:

  • Periods of precipitation, sometimes heavy, and may be accompanied by thunderstorms tomorrow. Persistence over the next few days in the mountainous regions of the North and Centre, especially along the coast;
  • Intensification of wind with gusts up to 95 km / h on the west coast and up to 110 km / h in the highlands (North and Centre). Next night with the most intense wind;
  • Increase in maritime unrest from the next night;
  • Possibility of snowfall above 1600 meters which, in the districts of Guarda and Castelo Branco, can accumulate up to 5 cm.

Follow the weather forecasts at www.ipma.pt

 

2. EXPECTABLE EFFECTS

In view of the forecast meteorological situation, the following effects may occur:

  • Slippery road surface due to possible accumulation of ice, snow and formation of water tables;
  • Possibility of rapid flooding in urban areas, due to the accumulation of rainwater or insufficient drainage systems;
  • Possibility of flooding due to overflow of water lines in historically most vulnerable areas;
  • Flooding of underground urban structures with drainage deficiencies;
  • Drainage difficulties in urban systems, namely those seen during periods of beach-water, which can cause flooding in historically more vulnerable places;
  • Damage to assembled or suspended structures;
  • Possibility of falling branches or trees due to strong wind, as well as affecting infrastructure associated with communications and energy networks;
  • Possible accidents on the coast;
  • Increased thermal discomfort for people, especially due to the combination of low minimum temperature and intense wind.

 

3. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC) recalls that the possible impact of these effects can be minimized, especially through the adoption of appropriate measures, therefore, and particularly in the most historically vulnerable areas, it is recommended to observe and disseminate the main self-protection measures for these situations, namely:

  • Check clearing of rainwater drainage systems and removal of aggregates and other objects that can be dragged or create obstacles to the free flow of water;
  • Adopt defensive driving, reducing speed and taking special care with the possible formation of water and ice sheets on the roads;
  • Do not cross flooded areas, in order to prevent falling or vehicles becoming lodged in open holes in the pavement or sewage boxes;
  • Avoid circulation on roads affected by snow accumulation and when this is not possible, adopt the following measures:
    • Checking the condition of the tyres and their pressures;
    • Transport and placement of snow chains on vehicles;
    • Ensuring fuel supply at levels that allow alternative routes to be travelled or the vehicle to remain in operation for long periods of time, in case of retention on the affected roads;
    • Ensure that vehicle heating systems are in good working order;
    • Provide adequate food in quantity and characteristics, as well as medicines, according to the number and type of vehicle occupants.
    • On roads affected by snow accumulation, travel with children, the elderly or people with special needs is not recommended;
  • Avoid driving on those roads with heavy vehicles, in particular articulated vehicles, vehicles with a trailer and rear-wheel drive vehicles;
  • Ensure an adequate fixing of loose structures, namely, scaffolding, placards and other suspended structures;
  • Take special care when circulating and staying near wooded areas, paying attention to the possibility of falling branches or trees, due to stronger wind;
  • Take special care when circulating along the coast and riverside areas historically more vulnerable to rapid flooding;
  • Be attentive to weather information and to Civil Protection and Security Forces indications.

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ANEPC || Division

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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