The Regional Civil Protection Service of Madeira warned today of the predictions of heavy precipitation, with “a more critical period between 06:00 and 12:00 on Wednesday”, recommending the population to avoid trips to the affected areas.
In a statement, the Regional Civil Protection Service (SRPC) of Madeira recommends to the population that, “whenever possible, avoid trips to the areas affected by this type of meteorological situation” and “ensure the clearing of rainwater drainage systems. and removal of aggregates and other objects that can be dragged or create obstacles to the free flow of waters “.
According to the Madeiran Civil Protection, the forecast of heavy rainfall is associated with “the approach and passage of a frontal depression” on Wednesday.
In the note, the SRPC of Madeira indicates that, based on forecasts by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), which placed the entire Madeira archipelago under orange warning, “periods of rain or downpour, sometimes heavy and accompanied by a thunderstorm until mid-afternoon “on Wednesday, adding that” the most critical period is between 06:00 and 12:00 “.
As for the wind, the gusts can reach 70 kilometers, in the south quadrant, and can be 90 kilometers in mountainous areas, it is mentioned in the note.
The waves will be 2.5 meters on the south coast and 1.5 meters on the north.
“In view of the warnings now issued, the SRPC reiterates the alert for a series of recommendations, such as the need to close windows and remove loose objects on balconies and window sills and damage to mounted or suspended infrastructures”, reads the note .
The Civil Protection of Madeira also discourages circulation in areas with degraded buildings, due to the risk of collapse, and in higher places that may be affected by stronger bursts and by falling trees, and recommends attention to assembled structures (scaffolding, awnings , tents, roofs).
With the possibility of detachment of objects, people should also give “special attention to circulation or obstruction of roads”, adopting “defensive driving, reducing speed and taking special care with the possible formation of water sheets”, indicates the Civil Protection of Madeira.
Over the weekend, Madeira was plagued by a thunderstorm that caused two general blackouts, with around 20 thousand electrical discharges recorded in 24 hours.
In Funchal, where the weather was particularly intense, 20 people had to be temporarily relocated to the Pousada da Juventude.
Five roads in the municipality were also closed on Sunday, due to the damage caused by the storm, and the traffic light system was damaged at 10 intersections in the center of Funchal.
On Sunday, in a statement, the Funchal City Council indicated that it had already initiated the process of relocating five households, a total of 14 people, due to floods and landslides that hit the homes.