Dozens of trees fall in eight continent districts

in News · 02-03-2020 13:43:00 · 0 Comments

Dozens of tree falls, structures and small floods were registered until about 7am on 2 March in eight districts of the continent, which were under orange warning during the night due to rain and wind.

Speaking to Lusa, sources of the District Commands of Relief Operations (CDOS) from the districts of Viseu, Porto, Guarda, Viana do Castelo, Aveiro, Coimbra, Castelo Branco and Braga said that they recorded dozens of occurrences, mainly related to falling trees, but also due to falling structures and small floods.

According to the CDOS, there were no injuries or significant material damage.

At 7.20am, the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC) had, on its website, an indication of 18 open events, with the district of Viseu having eight more unresolved situations.

Those districts were under orange warning, from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) because of the forecast of heavy and persistent rain, accompanied by thunderstorms and strong gusts and strong wind from the west quadrant, with gusts up to 85 kilometres per hour, being 120 kilometres per hour (Km / hour) in the highlands.

These districts have, however, passed a yellow warning only for the forecast of strong wind with gusts up to 85 km / h, gradually decreasing to 70 km / h, and from 110 km / h in the highlands.

This yellow warning will be in effect until 6pm on 2 March.

On 1 March, ANEPC had issued a warning to the population of the districts of Aveiro, Braga, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Guarda, Porto, Viana do Castelo and Viseu, due to worsening weather conditions.

In the note, ANEPC indicated that periods of rain were forecast, temporarily intense north of the Montejunto-Estrela mountain system until late morning, becoming strong and persistent from late afternoon.

The warning, issued based on IPMA forecasts, also referred to the likelihood of strong thunderstorms and gusts, with the possibility of snowfall at the highest points of Serra da Estrela, and moderate to strong wind.

The ANEPC also highlighted the possibility of the occurrence of extreme wind phenomena, particularly on the coast, an increase in maritime unrest on the western coast north of Cape Raso, with undulations above four metres in height.


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