Wednesday 17th November 2021 – AEMET with Mike Smith
The state meteorological agency AEMET has activated a YELLOW alert risk warning for the potential for heavy rain and storms this Thursday 17th November throughout the Marina Alta region. The warning suggests that some areas of the region could see precipitation rates of 20mm per hour. This special notice is valid from midnight on Wednesday night and will remain active until midday on Thursday.
The latest forecast from MeteoXàbia confirms that Thursday will be an “unstable day” with plenty of cloud and the possibility of “irregular showers” which could be heavy at times, especially during the morning.
Note: The alert doesn’t mean that these conditions are definitely going to affect us 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.