Updated: 3/9/2018 12:32:27 AM
Due to the information provided and as a consequence of the effects derived from the storm Felix, with special focus on the district of Faro, the IPMA already indicated with Yellow Warning, with waves of 4 to 5 meters, with Rain, sometimes intense and persistent, and accompanied by thunder.
Published Friday, March 9, 2018
The huge winter storm, Riley, that has left nine dead, grounded more than 3,000 flights and left two million homes and businesses without power in the United States is heading across the Atlantic and expected to reach Europe and the shores of Portugal and Spain by the weekend.
Described by meteorologists as a ‘bombogenesis’ or a ‘cylcone bomb’ the storm will also, likely, be renamed to Storm Felix.
Winds will be felt throughout Portugal and Spain, but the most intense - over 115 km / h - are expected on Saturday night to Sunday morning and will mainly affect the northwest.
The storm is expected to track from Cape San Vicente, passing over the entire coast of Portugal, to Galicia and the Bay of Biscay.
In an alert issued on Thursday, the Portuguese IPMA Met Office said the worst of the weather would be experienced from this Friday and last until Sunday. However, the unstable weather is set to last into next week, with frequent rain showers and heavy downpours remaining a common feature of the current weather pattern.
IPMA meteorologist Maria João Frada forecast that the worst of the weather could be felt as soon as this Friday.
Meteorologists at weather site AccuWeather said while a pair of storms will bring additional rain and gusty winds to the region through Friday, a more powerful storm will arrive at the start of the weekend.
They warned that this storm could bring similar impacts as ‘Storm Emma’ which unleashed powerful winds and a month’s worth of rainfall in parts of Portugal last week.
AccuWeather also predicted that strong winds will be capable of causing downed trees and power outages.
Storm Felix Facts
Affected Area: 1500 km.
Alert Level: Orange