Civil protection warns of “flash floods” in urban meteorological areas

The National Emergency and Disaster Management Agency (ANEPC) this Saturday drew attention to the possibility of “flash floods” occurring in urban areas due to rising river levels, national operations manager Sérgio Trindade told reporters.

“It is expected that lightning strikes can occur very quickly in urban areas, causing rapid flooding and where people have no chance to move and escape,” said the official at ANEPC headquarters in Carnaxide (Oeiras ). Lisbon district.

Sérgio Trindade added that flood situations can also occur in areas that have historically been affected by the phenomenon, such as Águeda (Aveiro district), the Vez river (Viana do Castelo) and in the hydrographic basins of the Minho rivers, Lima (Viana do) Castelo) or Sorraia (Santarém).

More than 120 occurrences in three hours of bad weather

According to the National Emergency and Disaster Protection Agency, more than 120 weather-related events, in particular falls of trees and building structures, were registered in the country between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. that Saturday.

Commander Pedro Araújo from this national authority informed the Lusa Agency that after one night (between 0 and 8 a.m.) this number had increased significantly with 44 occurrences and reached 122 calls at 11 a.m.

These are mainly falls from trees and branches as well as building structures such as antennas, chimneys and plaques, which are caused by the registered strong wind.

The same source reported that these incidents were recorded across the country, with the incidence being higher in Aveiro, Coimbra, Guarda and Viana do Castelo districts.

To date, none of the events has caused significant loss or damage.

13 districts under orange notice

The Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) warned 13 of the 18 counties in mainland Portugal in orange, including the entire coast of the country, and five inland counties in yellow because of bad weather.

The coastal districts, including the whole of the Algarve, are warned of orange, largely due to rainfall. However, in the northern districts of Porto, Braga and Viana do Castelo, they are also due to wind and sea movements.

The districts of Évora, Portalegre, Castelo Branco, Guarda and Bragança as well as the islands of the Madeira archipelago and the Azores are warned in yellow.

The yellow alarm situation across the country will continue until 1pm on Sunday.

The orange warning indicates a medium to high risk meteorological situation, and the IPMA displays yellow when there is a risk for certain activities depending on the meteorological situation.

The IPMA plans rain, wind and strong maritime unrest for this Saturday. The sometimes heavy rain should occur on the north and middle coasts and extend from the end of the morning to the remaining west coast and gradually to the remaining regions. As for the wind, the IPMA predicts that from the south quadrant it will be moderate to strong (30 to 50 km / h), sometimes with gusts of up to 90 km / h reaching 100 km / h on the north coast and are strong (40 to 55 km / h) in the highlands with gusts of up to 110 km / h.