1,016 occurrences recorded in mainland Portugal on Tuesday

in News · 21-10-2020 12:09:00 · 0 Comments

Civil Protection counted 1,016 occurrences in mainland Portugal between 00:00 and 11:47pm on Tuesday, 20 October, caused by the passage of the Bárbara depression, a day marked by several floods due to heavy rain.

According to a source from the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), between 00:00 and 11:47pm on Tuesday 1,016 occurrences were registered throughout mainland Portugal, of which 238 occurred in the district of Faro, the most affected by the bad weather.

The district of Setúbal was the second most affected by the passage of Barbara, with 155 occurrences counted, followed by Lisbon (154) and Portalegre (107).

The occurrences were, mostly, flooding of surfaces due to heavy rain, as well as falls of trees and structures due to strong wind.

As on 19 October, there was no information on victims or severely damaged infrastructure.

On 19 October, Civil Protection counted 510 occurrences until 11:59pm.

The Bárbara depression crossed the Portuguese continent during the afternoon on 20 October, with heavy rain in eight districts and strong wind throughout the country.

Due to the forecast of bad weather, ANEPC launched an alert to the population and recommended the adoption of behaviour appropriate to the weather situation.

According to the Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA), the districts of Lisbon, Setúbal, Beja, Santarém, Évora, Castelo Branco and Portalegre were under red alert between 12pm and 6pm on 20 October due to the forecast of heavy rain and strong wind.

The red warning corresponds to a weather situation of extreme risk. In this situation, IPMA recommends people to keep up to date with the evolution of weather conditions and follow civil protection guidelines.

The expected effects of the passage of the Barbara Depression through mainland Portugal are heavy rainfall, increased wind intensity with gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour and up to 130 kilometres per hour in the highlands and maritime unrest, especially on the southern coast.


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