The Atlantic storm ‘Hortense’ This Friday will put all of Spain except southwest Andalusia at significant risk due to wind, rain, waves, snow or thaw, according to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet). The wind will blow strong, with gusts of between 90 and 100 kilometers per hour. The Murcia region It is on orange warning due to gusts of wind from west component between 90 and 100 kilometers per hour.
The strongest winds in the Region are expected in the Northwest region and the Guadalentín Valley, Lorca and Águilas that are on orange warning for wind until 5:59 p.m. this Friday. The strong gusts of wind will remain in the Region this weekend although their intensity will decrease. In the Altiplano area and the Vega del Segura, the yellow warning will remain until 23.59 hours Friday due to gusts of wind. At Campo de Cartagena and Mazarrón You will also experience a day with strong gusts of wind until noon.
In addition to the Region, other provinces of the country will have orange notice such as Zaragoza, Teruel, La Rioja, Valencian Community, Badajoz, Cáceres, Extremadura, Madrid, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo, the pre-coast of Tarragona, Barcelona and all the provinces of Castilla y León. Also by wind, but less intense, of about 70 or 80 kilometers per hour, will have yellow notice in Cantabria, Navarra, Murcia, Huesca, Albacete, Gerona, Asturias and the Balearic Islands, as well as Melilla.
The coastal phenomena They will affect the entire northwest coast, from Pontevedra to Guipúzcoa, as well as Gerona, where a southwest wind of force 7 or 8 and waves of 5 to 6 meters are expected. Meanwhile, in the mediterranean coast the warning will be yellow for waves of 3 to 4 meters from the south of Gerona to Malaga, in the autonomous city of Melilla and in the Balearic archipelago. The strong gusts of wind on the Mediterranean coast will bring yellow warnings for coastal phenomena in Lorca, Águilas, Cartagena and Mazarrón.
Murcia City Council activates the ‘Emergency Protocol in Parks and Gardens’
The Murcia City Council, through the Department of Urban Development and Modernization of the Administration directed by José Guillén, activated the Emergency Protocol in Parks and Gardens due to the yellow warning due to strong winds. In this way, the Floridablanca garden, has beamed the area of the Artillery Barracks and the palm grove of Santiago and Zaraiche to guarantee the safety of all residents.
As highlighted by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the municipality of Murcia is located in yellow warning for gusts of windFor this reason, “we activate the action protocol for this type of incident to avoid risks. Once the alert has passed, the trees are checked again and the spaces are reopened to the public ”, highlights the Councilor for Urban Development and Modernization of the Administration, José Guillén.
The consistory has an action protocol focused on prevention and resolution of incidents of different types that can directly affect the parks and gardens of the municipality. The objective is to prioritize the safety of people who walk near green areas with different trees.
Likewise, in addition to the previous security actions, during the warning moments, the Parks and Gardens services establish a coordination and a special device so that you can act efficiently and quickly in the event that inclement weather makes it necessary, as happened this morning, in the Floridablanca street, where a branch fell and in a few minutes the Park and Garden Service has proceeded to remove it without regretting any damage.
Cut trees and falling branches and metal sheets by the wind in Lorca
The strong gusts of wind that have affected the municipality of Lorca since the early morning have caused the falling trees and falling branches and of solar protection sheets, without any personal damage, as confirmed by the City Council.
A sheet of corrugated iron fell on a vehicle that was circulating on the street Abellaneda in the San Cristóbal neighborhood, a large pine fell down by the wind in the Vereda de los Peñas in the Virgen de las Huertas neighborhood and a palm tree several meters high lost all its plant crown in the district of Tercia, next to the warehouse of the Alimer cooperative .
City Hall cordoned off early in the morning the accesses to the parks and gardens of the municipality and Las Alamedas to prevent citizens from walking through wooded areas with the risk of detachment of branches.
The Councilor for Emergencies, Isabel Casalduero, advised citizens to stay away from cornices, trees, walls or cranes of buildings under construction that could come off. He also asked to be extremely careful when driving, especially when exiting tunnels, overtaking and crossing with heavy vehicles on two-way roads. For her part, the Councilor for Emergencies, Isabel Casalduero reported that “the Municipal Emergency and Civil Protection Service works from the early hours on the removal of fallen branches that are occurring due to strong gusts of wind.
He Councilor for Parks and Gardens of the Lorca City Council, Antonio Navarro, reported the closure of the municipal parks due to weather forecasts. Navarro pointed out that “we have proceeded to temporarily close the municipal parks and gardens as well as Las Alamedas due to the orange alert issued by the State Meteorological Agency.”
The Councilor for Parks and Gardens explained that “it is a precautionary decision that responds to the objective of protecting our neighbors since Aemet foresees strong gusts of wind that could reach the 90 kilometers per hour in the Guadalentín Valley during the day today and, for tomorrow, gusts of wind of up to 70 kilometers per hour. Navarro asked “citizenship to be careful and avoid, while the alert lasts, passing through wooded areas as well as spaces where landslides can occur due to gusts of wind.”
Casalduero once again recommended that secure doors, windows and all those objects that may fall onto public roads; stay away from cornices, trees, walls or buildings under construction or cranes that can come off; take extreme precautions when driving, especially when exiting tunnels, overtaking and crossing with heavy vehicles on two-way roads and, in maritime areas, try to get away from the beach and other low places that may be affected by the waves ”.
Rainfall will extend from the northwest to the southeast of the Peninsula
Regarding the risk of snowfall, the Aemet notified the provinces of Navarra, Zamora, León, Palencia, Lérida and Huesca, where 5 to 10 centimeters of snow can accumulate. Rainfall will put La Coruña, Pontevedra, Orense and Huesca at risk, where they can accumulate between 15 liters per square meter in an hour or 40 liters per square meter in 12 hours. Finally, it warns about the risk of thawing to the north of Burgos and the Navarrese Pyrenees.
This Friday the Aemet predicted that the day would be marked by strong winds or with strong intervals in the coasts of Galicia, the Cantabrian Sea, the southern Mediterranean and the Balearic Islands, with very strong gusts in mountainous areas, while rainfall will be locally strong or persistent in western Galicia. This situation is due to a new frontal system that will cross the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands from west to east and will leave rainfall on the Atlantic and Cantabrian slopes. In the surroundings of Galicia they will be more intense and frequent and will be accompanied by storms, mainly in the western part, where they can be locally strong and / or persistent.
In the rest of the Peninsula the rainfall they will extend from northwest to southeast and affect the Atlantic slope. The most scattered and occasional are expected in the Cantabrian and northeastern areas. In much of the southern Mediterranean area a predominance of medium and high clouds is expected. In the Canary Islands the skies will be slightly cloudy.
Snowfall will appear from 1,400 to 1,800 meters in the Pyrenees; from 1,400 to 2,000 meters in the Cantabrian mountain range, while in the Central, Iberian Rioja and Southeastern Andalusian mountain ranges, the snow level will be between 1,600 and 2,000 meters. Mists and fog banks are also expected to be scattered in the interior of the peninsula by the passage of the front.
Regarding temperatures, the Aemet reports that daytime temperatures will rise in a generalized way throughout the country, except in areas of the southwest of the peninsula where there will be little change. The minimums will also go up in a locally notable way and the frosts that will be weak will only appear in the Pyrenees and, in isolation, in the mountains of the northern and southeastern half.
Finally, it points out that the winds from the southwest will reach the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands and will have a strong character or with strong intervals on the coasts of Galicia, the Cantabrian Sea, the southern Mediterranean, Ampurdán and the Balearic Islands, with very strong gusts in mountainous areas of the center, north and east of the peninsula. In the Canary Islands, however, the winds will be light and will come from the northeast.