The number of displaced people due to the bad weather that has plagued mainland Portugal since Wednesday has risen to 77, with around 7,000 occurrences until 12:00 today, with two dead and one missing.
According to Pedro Nunes, commander of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), “By 12:00 there were 7,000 occurrences, involving 21,000 operations.”
The commander said that the most affected districts are Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Viseu, Braga and Lisbon, with most occurrences related to floods and tree falls.
Pedro Nunes also said that the flood plan for the Tagus basin was triggered and admitted the possibility of “cutting national and regional roads” in the Santarém district later in the day.
“Until 20:00 there should be a worsening of the weather, and then it is expected to begin to stabilize,” he said.
Pedro Nunes indicated the possibility of flooding in the Douro, with special attention to Régua and the mouth, on both banks, stating that the flows are “not stabilizing” and the situation “may worsen in the afternoon and evening”.
Regarding the Tâmega river, Pedro Nunes said that the flow rate dropped in the morning, but in Chaves and Amarante it could get worse again, “due to the precipitation and the incoming flows from Spain”.
“Regarding Águeda, both the Águeda river and Alfusqueiro presently have reduced flows due to precipitation and the expected runoff in the afternoon, and it is very possible that it will worsen, that is, flood again,” he explained. .
According to the commander, the situation with the Mondego river has been “manageable, with the flow rate at the limit”. Authorities are “concerned about the precipitation that will occur in the afternoon.”
Pedro Nunes also warned about the case of the Sorraia basin, since late afternoon / early evening floods can occur in Coruche.
According to information shared by the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) during the briefing with the Civil Protection, at 14:00 mark the beginning of a “worsening weather for the Center region, for the strong and persistent precipitation variants being generally moderate, no longer with yesterday’s intensity ”, explained Pedro Nunes.
New outbreaks of heavy and persistent rain are expected, and the districts most affected by this situation are Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria, Santarém and Lisbon by the end of the day. Castelo Branco and Portalegre may be added to this list.
Asked about the possibility of traffic conditions on the 25 de Abril Bridge and on the Tagus river crossing in the Lisbon region, Pedro Nunes stated that, taking into account the IPMA warnings, the wind blowing “is moderate, so this possibility is not foreseen ”.
“For us to understand, yesterday was considered strong to very strong, with gusts up to 100 kilometers / hour. Today the maximum gust is 70/80 kilometers / hour, ”he said.
The Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) has today under orange warning (the second most serious) 12 districts of mainland Portugal and the northern coast of Madeira due mainly to the sea turbulence. Leiria, Santarém and Portalegre are under orange warning also due to forecasts of heavy precipitation in the afternoon.
The IPMA has warned of the effects of a new depression, called Fabien, which will hit Portugal on Saturday, especially the North and Center, with heavy rain and strong southwest winds expected, with gusts up to 90 km / hour in the south, north and central coast and 120 km / hour in the highlands.
About one hundred high and medium voltage lines are still inoperable due to the passage of the Elsa depression, with the districts of Viseu, Coimbra and Guarda being the most affected, according to EDP Distribuição.