Updated: Wednesday 16th March 2022 – Mike Smith
Source: AEMET Meteorological Warning
The state meteorological agency AEMET has activated a YELLOW alert risk warning for the potential for heavy rain and strong winds from 6.00pm tonight Wednesday 16th March which could affect places throughout the Marina Alta coastal region for the next few days. At the moment, the warning for heavy rain remains in place until midnight tomorrow Thursday 17th March whilst that for strong winds will remain in place until 6.00pm Friday 18th March.
The Climate Laboratory at the University of Alicante has warned that, due to the suspension of dust from the Sahara in the atmosphere, any rain is likely to fall along with the dust, causing the so-called “muddy rain”.
AEMET advises that there is a 40%-70% probability that some areas along the coast of the Marina as well as the coastal areas south of Valencia could see periods of intense rainfall with precipitation rates of 80mm per 12 hours possible during this evening and into tomorrow Thursday.
The met office also advises that there is a 10%-40% probability of strong winds with gusts up to 70km/hour at times from this evening and right through to Friday evening. These winds have the potential to generate waves up to 3 metres in height, pushed by a Force 7 north-easterly and people are advised to take care along coastal areas.
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.