In a statement, the National Maritime Administration said the forecast indicated “a marked deterioration in weather conditions and rough seas on the west coast of mainland Portugal from 00:00 October 19 until 12:00 Friday 20 October.”
The marine disturbance “will be characterized by wave motion emanating from the northwestern quadrant, with significant heights that could reach six meters and a maximum height of 11 meters, with an average period varying from 10 to 12 seconds.”
Winds are also expected from the northwest quadrant with average intensity up to 90 kilometers per hour and gusts up to 170 kilometers per hour.
Authorities are thus warning the entire maritime community and the general population to be careful both when preparing to go to sea and when they are at sea or in coastal areas, from strengthening berths to keeping a close watch on those moored and at anchor. by courts.
You are also asked to avoid walking near the sea or in places exposed to rough seas, such as harbor protection piers, cliffs or beaches.
Marine authorities also urge you not to engage in sport fishing, especially near rocks and cliffs “often exposed to breaking waves, always remembering that in these conditions the sea can easily reach areas of apparent safety.”
National Directorate of Emergency Situations and Civil Protection(ANEPK) also today advised citizens to avoid unnecessary travel on Thursday due to forecasts of rain and strong winds after the Alin Trench passes over the continent.
At a press conference, ANEPC second director Miguel Cruz said that SMS warnings about worsening weather will be sent to the population starting today, but especially on Thursday.
According to Miguel Cruz, starting at 00:00 Thursday, the alert level of the Civil Protection device will change from yellow to orange.
Civil Protection warned that rain should begin today in the north and center, before spreading across the continent on Thursday.
Due to forecasts of heavy rain and wind,IPMA declared an orange alert level (the second most severe on a scale of three) for 18 areas of the continent.
Source: The Portugal News