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Madeira Civil Protection issues recommendations due to heavy rain forecast

The Madeira Regional Civil Protection Service (SRPC) today issued a series of recommendations to the population in the face of forecasts of heavy rainfall in the mountainous areas and the south coast of Madeira, which are under an orange weather warning.

According to the information released, the weather conditions indicated by the Regional Relief Operations Command and the Meteorological Observatory of Funchal will be verified “until the end of the morning of the 7th [quarta-feira]🇧🇷

"Associated with the approach and passage of the cold frontal surface, periods of heavy rain or occasional showers are expected, accompanied by thunderstorms, most likely on the south coast and in the mountainous regions of Madeira Island. , especially late afternoon and Tuesday evening-Friday,” the note read.

The SRPC adds that from late afternoon today and early Wednesday, the wind will be "moderate from the southwest, temporarily strong (30 to 40 kilometers per hour) with gusts of the order of 80 to 90 kilometers per hour in mountainous regions and 70 to 80 kilometers per hour in coastal regions, which are more exposed to south-westerly winds”.

These conditions have led the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) to place the mountainous regions and the south coast of Madeira under orange alert until Wednesday 00:00.

Among the recommendations, the SRPC indicates that travel in areas affected by this type of weather situation and traffic near degraded buildings should be avoided, due to the risk of landslides.

The SRPC also suggests “adopting defensive driving, reducing speed and paying particular attention to the possible formation of water tables”.

Madeira Civil Protection also warns of "the risks represented, with these conditions, by car and on foot, especially in mountainous areas, exposed slopes and coastal areas".

The need to ensure the unclogging of rainwater drainage systems, the removal of aggregates and other objects that can be dragged or create obstacles to the free flow of water, are other recommendations.

For its part, the Town Hall of Funchal has informed that, following the warnings issued by the IPMA, it has decided to cancel all the urban cleaning works scheduled for this afternoon, "the personnel assigned to these functions being redirected to support the cleaning of the gutters and monitoring of the most critical points of the city”.

AMB // VAM

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