The Operations Center of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro reported that the city entered a “mobilization stage” at 3:20 pm this Tuesday (21) due to strong winds in various parts of the city. The National Meteorological Institute (Inmet) reported that in Copacabana, in the south zone, the wind speed exceeded 77 kilometers per hour.
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The change in weather caused trees to fall in various regions of the city and a power outage in neighborhoods in the northern part of the capital and in the metropolitan region. The Rio-Niterói Bridge was closed for approximately 30 minutes and traffic resumed at 3:10 pm with cars at low speed. In Christ the Redeemer, it was even difficult to walk against the wind. See the video below.
The Supervia concessionaire, responsible for the train service, interrupted traffic on several branches, affecting the operation of the modal in cities in the metropolitan region.
“Due to the strong winds that hit the metropolitan region of Rio, causing risks to the railway structures, circulation in the Japeri, Santa Cruz (connected to the Deodoro) Belford Roxo and Saracuruna branches and in the Paracambi, Vila Inhomirim and Guapimirim extensions is found. temporarily suspended,” Supervia reported.
At the moment, there are moderate to strong winds in the capital. For the next few hours, there is a gradual increase in cloudiness, persistence of moderate to strong winds and isolated drizzle/light rain in the next hours.
The Mobilization Stage is the second level on a scale of five and means there are risks of high impact events in the city. There is a possibility of a new stage change due to rain and/or other factors.
The Rio Operations Center reinforces, below, the safety recommendations elaborated by the Civil Defense of the State (Sedec-RJ) and by the Fire Department of RJ in the face of lightning and gusts of strong winds:
• Close windows, tilts and cabinet doors to prevent wind ducts inside the house.
• Blinds, curtains or blackouts must also be closed to prevent splinters from spreading, in case any window breaks;
• Electrical appliances and gas register must be closed. This way, there is no aggravation in case of a tree fall;
• Avoid leaving objects that could fall in high places;
• Keep the trees in the garden or yard always pruned and well cared for;
• Be aware: if there is a lack of light, be careful with the use of candles to avoid fires.
On the street:
• Do not shelter under trees or metal roofs;
• Avoid outdoor sports, especially at sea;
• Avoid being close to precipices, slopes or high places without protection;
• Avoid running under electrical cables, billboards, scaffolding, stairs;
• Do not park vehicles near transmission towers and advertising boards;
• Do not burn litter, set fire to land to remove vegetation, light fires or throw cigarette butts on roads or wooded land;
• Be aware: if a tree falls, it is possible that the power network has been broken. In this situation, there is a risk of accidents caused by lightning.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Eduardo Miranda