Depression Irene causes tree falls and minor flooding in the Algarve and Alentejo

The districts of Faro and Beja are under yellow warning due to rain and wind, until 12pm today

Falling trees and temporary structures, as well as minor flooding, occurred on the morning of Wednesday, January 17th, in the Algarve and Alentejo, due to depression Irene. 

According to the Civil Protection website, there were floods in Ferreira do Alentejo (2), Cuba (1), Santiago do Cacém (6), Sines (2) and Odemira (1).

Still in Alentejo, during this Wednesday morning, four tree falls were recorded in Odemira, one in Ourique, another in Aljustrel, one in Serpa, one in Almodôvar and two in Beja.

In the Algarve, the impacts were smaller. The Prociv website records falls from temporary structures in Lagos, Almancil (Loulé) and Alcantarilha (Silves) and a tree fall in Monchique.

The districts of Faro and Beja are under yellow warning due to rain and wind, until 12:00 pm today, and because of sea agitation, with southwesterly waves of 4 to 5 meters expected, between 9:00 am today and 6:00 am on Thursday.

Across the continent, Civil Protection recorded, between 14pm on Tuesday and 00am today, 07 incidents due to bad weather, the majority in the Setúbal Peninsula and Porto Metropolitan Area, without causing victims or damage.

“We recorded between 14 pm [on Tuesday], the time when the civil protection state of special alert began, and 00 am today, 07 occurrences within the scope of extreme meteorology, with the most affected regions being the Setúbal Peninsula and the Metropolitan Area of ​​Porto and the most frequent type of occurrence is falling trees, flooding and falling structures”, said commander Miguel Oliveira.

According to the commander of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), 61 incidents were recorded in the Setúbal Peninsula and 46 in the Porto Metropolitan Area.

“There are no casualties or serious damages to be reported, nor are we aware of roads being closed,” he said.

The 18 districts of the continent are under yellow warning until 18pm today due to the forecast of sometimes heavy rain and wind, due to the effects of depression 'Irene', according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).


*with Lusa