Wednesday 30th November 2022 – Mike Smith
Sources: AEMET / University of Alicante
The state meteorological agency AEMET has issued a YELLOW alert risk warning for the potential for heavy rain, active from 6.00am on the morning of Thursday 1st December until at least midday on Saturday 3rd December.
AEMET advises that there is a 40%-70% probability that the Marina Alta region could see periods of locally intense rainfall with precipitation rates of up to 20mm in one hour and up to 60mm in twelve hours at times. The rain could be accompanied by thunderstorms, particularly on Friday.
This risk is also valid for the region of La Safor (Gandía, Alzira, Cullera) and could affect other coastal areas in Alicante on Thursday such as Benidorm and Alicante, although this is less likely.
Note: The alert doesn’t mean that these conditions are definitely going to affect us here in Xàbia but that the models are showing that there is a good chance that they may do so so it’s best to be prepared.
Prepare for the Worst
- Check guttering and drains. They should be clear of leaves and other debris to allow the rainwater to flow away easily. Take a look at the drains in the street in front of your property. It’s the council’s job to keep them clear but checking them yourself before the arrival of heavy rain can help protect your home.
- Prepare the terrace and garden. Cover up and secure patio furniture. Bring in anything that is likely to be blown around the garden and cause damage.
- Protect valuables. If you live in an area that is liable to flooding, you might want to consider gathering together any valuable or sentimental items and store them in a safe area of the house – not the basement – during the periods of heavy rain. Just in case. Material items can be replaced, memories can’t.
- Avoid driving. During periods of heavy rain, it is best to stay put, wherever you are, and avoid driving in low-lying areas and zones where water is likely to collect. Don’t attempt to cross the river if the water is flowing as it may be deeper and stronger than it appears; it only takes a few centimetres of fast flowing water to dislodge a vehicle. If the heavy rain causes poor visibility whilst driving, stop and wait until it passes.