Although Portugal has many months of dry hot weather, the autumn and winter can bring heavy rain. As the ground can be hard, rain water cannot soak into the ground – hence it accumulates giving rise to flooding in some areas. This page helps you protect yourself and property in case of flooding. The contact details on the right are the main agencies in Portugal that are involved in flooding prevention and the issue of warnings.
Although lightning can occur without rainfall, there is important advice on this page on what action to take when there is lightning and first aid treatment for victims of lightning strikes.
The ANEPC (Civil Protection Authority) advises in periods of high winds and heavy rain people may experience:
Due to the possibility of falling branches or trees because of strong winds the ANEPC advises that the risk to individuals and properties can be reduced by taking the following measures, particularly in areas which historically are more vulnerable by:
In addition Safe Communities Portugal recommends the following
Always use the rule of 30 seconds to determine the level of threat of lightning. This rule is simple and consists of counting the seconds between the lightning sight and hearing of their sound (thunder).
If this value is less than 30 seconds seek shelter immediately and follow the steps below: this means that the storm is close enough to reach your location.
During the storm:
Never stand under a tall, isolated tree. Most of the victims of the storms are reached when seeking shelter under a tree. Check that it is not the highest altitude in the surrounding area. Move down to the lowest possible point and away from tall objects and vulnerable. If the lightning reaches any of these objects it can take the shock of the electric discharge through the ground.
All prevention and protection information is from the ANEPC and official resources