The Port Authority of Funchal in Madeira today warned of forecasts of strong winds and waves until 6am on Sunday, urging shipowners to take precautions.
“Boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety,” the port authority said in a statement.
The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) has issued an orange warning for rain, wind and strong sea waves starting at 12:00 today in Madeira.
A warning for continued, sometimes heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms is in effect from 12:00 to 18:00 on the north and south coasts of the island.
An orange warning has also been issued for high winds on the island’s north coast, with gusts of up to 100km/h, particularly in the westernmost part, from 6pm today until midnight Sunday.
Regarding sea disturbances, the orange alert is in effect from 21:00 today until midnight Sunday, with waves from the northwest reaching 5-6.5 meters and a maximum height of 11 meters.
The island of Porto Santo is on a yellow alert for rough seas from 3pm to 9pm today, and will change to orange until 12pm on Sunday.
The IPMA has also issued a yellow warning for rain or showers in Porto Santo between 3pm and 9pm today, as well as strong winds gusting to 90km/h until 6am Sunday.
The mountainous areas of Madeira Island will be under an orange alert for heavy rain from 12:00 to 18:00 today and very strong winds gusting to 120 km/h from 18:00 today until midnight Sunday.
An orange warning – the second-highest severity on a three-point scale – is issued whenever a “moderate to high risk weather situation” occurs, and a yellow warning occurs when a risk situation arises for certain activities that are dependent on the weather situation.
Source: The Portugal News