BAD WEATHER IN MADEIRA MOTIVATES ALERT TO THE POPULATION

A warning to all and important to take advise especially along coastal areas where waves will be very high.

According to the contacts established between the Regional Command of Relief Operations and the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere, between November 29 and December 4, the weather in the Madeira Archipelago will be influenced by the approach and presence of the system depression that formed during the 27th (Friday), northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.

This is also being monitored by the NHC incase it strengthens over the next day or so.

Thus, the Regional Civil Protection Service states that if this situation continues, “periods of rain or downpours are expected, accompanied by thunderstorms, which may be occasionally strong between the 29th (Sunday) to the early afternoon and the 2 (Wednesday) at the end of the day “.

The wind will be moderate to strong (20 to 40 km / h) from the southwest, between the early afternoon of the 29th and the 2nd of the afternoon, with gusts in the order of 70 to 90 km / h in coastal areas and 90 at 110 km / h in mountainous regions. On the north coast, between the early afternoon of the 28th (Saturday) and the dawn of the 1st (Tuesday), waves greater than 3 m, which should vary between 4 and 5 m, between the dawn of the 29th (Sunday) ) and the early afternoon of the 30th (Monday). The maximum height can reach values ​​of 10 to 12 meters between the late afternoon of the 29th (Sunday) and the early morning of the 30th (Monday). On the south coast, on the 30th (Monday), waves of 3 to 4 meters, with highs of the order of 8 meters, between late morning and early afternoon.

In view of the warnings issued by the SRPC, IP-RAM reiterates the alert for the following recommendations:

– Adopt defensive driving, reducing speed and taking special care with the possible formation of water tables;

– Guarantee 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;

– The risks that, with these conditions, represent the auto and pedestrian routes, especially in mountainous areas, exposed slopes and coastal areas, therefore advising special care in activities during the period in which the warning is in force

– Take special care when circulating and staying near wooded areas, paying attention to the possibility of falling branches or trees and other debris to the road;

– Close doors and windows and remove loose objects found on balconies and window sills.

– Whenever possible, avoid traveling to areas affected by this type of weather situation.

– Do not drive around areas with degraded buildings, due to the risk of collapse.

– Pay attention to the assembled structures (scaffolding, awnings, tents, roofs), which may be affected by stronger gusts of wind, as well as a possible fall of trees.

– Be attentive to weather information and Civil Protection indications.

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