Civil Protection raises alert status to orange in the Algarve and Alentejo

Lezíria do Tejo, Greater Lisbon, Península de Setúbal, Alto Alentejo, Alentejo Central, Baixo Alentejo, Alentejo Litoral and Algarve will be the most affected regions

The National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC) announced this afternoon the elevation to orange alert status of eight regions in the center and south of the country, due to the passage of Depression Bernard this weekend.

Mainland Portugal will be affected today and Sunday by the passage of Depression Bernard, which will center in the south, traveling from southwest to northeast, affecting the south and center of the country, announced the national commander of ANEPC, André Fernandes.

“It was decided to raise the special alert status of the integrated system for protection and relief operations to orange level for eight sub-regions of the continent, namely Lezíria do Tejo, Greater Lisbon, Península de Setúbal, Alto Alentejo, Alentejo Central, Baixo Alentejo , Alentejo Litoral and Algarve, over a period of 24 hours, starting at midnight and ending at 23:59 pm tomorrow (Sunday)”, he added.

The official highlighted that the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) issued orange meteorological warnings for precipitation south of the Tagus and yellow between the Douro and Tagus, but also orange warnings for the occurrence of wind with maximum gusts of 100 kilometers per hour for the Algarve region.

“It is expected that there will also be the possibility of extreme wind phenomena south of the Tagus River, with greater incidence in Baixo Alentejo and the Algarve”, added André Fernandes.

The orange warning – the second most serious on a scale of three – is issued whenever there is a “moderate to high risk meteorological situation” and the yellow warning whenever there is a risk situation for certain activities dependent on the meteorological situation.

 

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