“Since 14:00 yesterday [quinta-feira], when you started this alert, until 22:00 [de hoje], we recorded a total of 441 occurrences related to adverse weather. This number doubled in the last two hours, until 22:00 we had about 220 occurrences,” he told the Lusa agency, a source from the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC).
According to ANEPC, the recorded occurrences affect mainly the coastal districts, with Aveiro being the most harassed, with 106.
“These are mainly occurrences related to falling trees, flooding and cleaning of roads, but also some falls of structures, with no major damage or more significant occurrences or even victims being registered so far,” he said.
The Civil Protection added that the new balance will only be made early Saturday morning.
ANEPC triggered today at 18:00 the yellow alert of readiness of the protection and rescue device in all districts, with the exception of Beja and Faro, due to the risk of floods and floods.
In a briefing to the media about weather forecasts and the expected effects, Mário Silvestre, operations deputy of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), said that the yellow alert (the third most serious of a scale of five) will be active until 23:59 on Monday.
Mário Silvestre said that the increase in the state of special protection and relief alert for all districts, with the exception of Beja and Faro, is due to worsening weather conditions, namely heavy rain, and in the North and Center regions “where it is expected that the phenomenon is less intense”.
In addition to rainfall above what is normal, “some wind intensity” and swells are also forecast for the weekend, he said.
Mário Silvestre said that the weather conditions will worsen between 6:00 pm today and 6:00 am on Saturday, then there will be “a slight decrease”, but the heavy rain will return during Sunday and on Monday , an adverse situation is foreseen.
The ANEPC deputy explained that the Civil Protection had already activated, on Thursday and across the country, the blue level alert status (second least serious on a scale of five) to alert the protection and relief forces to the increased precipitation.
However, based on forecasts by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), ANEPC decided to increase the alert status to the yellow level so that the civil protection device can respond to any occurrences, he explained.
In view of the weather conditions, the Civil Protection recommends the population to adapt their behaviour, namely to be “very careful when driving”, taking into account the water tables that can form on the roads due to forecasts that point to 20 millimeters of rain per hour.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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