understand the ALERT status issued for the region

Storms in sight: understand the risks and safety measures to face intense rains and flooding announced by Climatempo.

Brazil faces a critical scenario with the recent occurrence of storms and flooding that have generated alarm among citizens.

The combination of climatic factors, including excess heat and humidity in the air, together with the formation of a cold front on the coast, has triggered the formation of heavy clouds and intense precipitation in several locations.

This situation has demanded a state of alert and precautionary measures, as storms and flooding have significantly affected several regions. Next, find out more about.

Alert in the region: storms and flooding require immediate precautions. (Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia / pronatec.pro.br).

Attention: confirmed storms

On Friday, January 19, the state of São Paulo witnessed rainfall accumulations exceeding 100 mm in a period of 24 hours, corroborating meteorological forecasts previously released by Climatempo and Civil Defense. The intense rains resulted in more than 20 floods, affecting both urban and rural areas.

The regions of Campinas and Sorocaba were particularly impacted, suffering from the considerable volume of rain that caused flooding and disruption to the local population.

In the capital of the region, the city of São Paulo, the east zone experienced one of the most intense rains, with an accumulation of almost 100 mm in just 24 hours in the Penha region, according to reports from the Climate Emergency Management Center (CGE).

In a span of just one hour, Penha recorded a remarkable rainfall of 46.8 mm. The Moóca stream, in turn, was at risk of overflowing at 7pm, although, fortunately, there was no overflow.

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Forecast of continued storms

Concerns persist, as Climatempo issued a warning for the continuation of storms on Saturday, 20th. These storms are expected to intensify and affect a wide area of ​​the region.

Areas of instability are expected to gain strength, resulting in substantial amounts of rain. However, the heaviest rain is likely to be concentrated on the coast, as well as in the central, southern and eastern areas of the region.

This includes Greater São Paulo, Sorocaba, Vale do Paraíba, Vale do Ribeira, Itapetininga, Avaré, Campinas, Mantiqueira, Piracicaba and São Carlos. The region’s coastline will also face intense rain conditions.

Sunday will also remain unstable, with the possibility of rain at any time in several areas, although periods of sunshine may occur.

Records and impacts of storms

According to the CGE, until midnight on January 19, 2024, 24 floods were recorded in the region. Additionally, the highest amounts of rain accumulated that day included:

98.8 mm in Penha/Rincão66.0 mm in Ipiranga48.2 mm in Vila Prudente34.2 mm in Santo Amaro27.8 mm in Parelheiros/Barragem26.8 mm in Itaim Paulista25.2 mm in São Miguel Paulista24.8 mm in Tremembé

In Greater São Paulo, Cemaden recorded accumulated rainfall, with highlights being 58.8 mm in Guarulhos/Cumbica, 70.6 mm in São Caetano do Sul/Cerâmica, 68.8 mm in São Bernardo do Campo/Rudge Ramos and 65 .0 mm in Diadema/Taboão, among others.

Meanwhile, in the interior of the region, the highest volumes of rain were recorded by Cemaden, with highlights being 136.5 mm in Sorocaba/Cerrado, 111.8 mm in Votorantim/Centro, 109.8 mm in Conchas/Delegacia and 79. 8 mm in Marília/Realengo, illustrating the amplitude of the storms that have hit the region.

How to protect yourself from a storm?

In situations of storms and heavy rain, it is essential to adopt precautionary measures to ensure personal safety and that of your family. Seek shelter in safe places, such as your home or solid buildings, and avoid areas at risk of flooding.

Additionally, stay up to date with weather warnings and follow guidance from local authorities. Avoid leaving the house unless absolutely necessary, and, if you need to drive, pay extra attention on the roads, where there is a greater risk of flooding and landslides.

If possible, have an emergency kit on hand, with essential items such as non-perishable food, drinking water, flashlights and batteries. After all, prevention and care during storms are crucial for your safety and that of your community.

Finally, it is essential that residents are alert and take preventive measures, as adverse weather conditions may persist in the coming weeks. The safety and well-being of the population must be the top priority in the face of these significant climate challenges.

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