“Until 20:00 yesterday [Friday] we had only 200 occurrences, that is, this evening there was a significant number of occurrences, involving falling trees, flooding, falling structures and clearing of the road,” said the Commander Paulo Santos, service officer of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), to the Lusa agency.
Since 2 pm on Thursday, the day of the Civil Protection alert, 914 events related to adverse weather have been registered, but there is no “record of significant damage or even injuries”, the commander said.
According to the official, the most affected districts were those on the coast, namely Aveiro, Coimbra, Porto and Lisbon.
All these situations were resolved by teams that went to the sites and cleaned the roads, he said, noting that there were "many small occurrences".
Forecasts by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) point to a significant improvement in weather conditions over the next few hours, but there is still “some work to be done”.
"There are many regions in the country", where people will now find a fallen tree in the street or another situation caused by bad weather and will call the security forces, the official told Lusa.
At 18:00 on Friday, ANEPC triggered 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.
In a briefing to the media about weather forecasts and expected effects, Mário Silvestre, operations deputy of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), said on Friday that the yellow alert (the third most serious of a scale of five) will be active until 23:59 on Monday.
The IPMA forecasts rain on the continent today, sometimes heavy, especially in the North and Centre regions, with the wind sometimes being strong on the coast and highlands, and a small rise in temperature.
The maximum temperatures today should fluctuate between 17ºC in Guarda and 25ºC in Sagres.