Bad weather, red alert for Friday 29 October throughout the province of Messina

Red weather alert for the whole day of Friday 29 October valid for Messina and part of the province. In detail, the Ionian area and the Tyrrhenian province between Villafranca Tirrena and Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto will be red, while the orange alert level is expected for the following municipalities. This is what was communicated by the Civil Protection based on the weather forecast for the next few hours.

A high risk situation remains throughout Sicily, with adverse weather conditions, heavy rainfall and gale force winds. Until midnight on Thursday the alert will be orange, as prepared by yesterday’s bulletin, while for the following 24 hours the maximum alert will be triggered. Bad weather, Pasini: “Risk of waves up to 5 meters, Sicilians must take cover” During the afternoon the mayors of the municipalities falling within the highlighted area will take note of the provisions of the Civil Protection by arranging for school closures and further restrictions. In the municipality of Messina, the mayor Cateno De Luca has already arranged for the closure of all schools, with the exception of crèches and nursery schools, until Friday 29 October. What is worrying is the arrival of the “Medicane”, a term that derives from the fusion of the English words MEDIterranean hurriCANE, literally “Mediterranean hurricane” as due to the physical characteristics of the atmospheric structure it recalls the formations on the oceans. 21301_AVVISO DRPC_2021_10_28_56928-2 Regional offices closed Tomorrow, Friday 29 October, the regional offices of the provinces of Catania, Messina, Ragusa and Syracuse will be closed. This was ordered by the president of the Sicilian Region, Nello Musumeci, following the persistence of the state of alarm for hydrogeological risk. The measure adopted is aimed at reducing mobility in highly risky areas and the exposure of citizens to danger. It also aims to facilitate any movement of emergency vehicles, in case of need. For the province of Catania alone, this is an extension of twenty-four hours, as the closure provision has already been adopted for two days, on the 27th and 28th. Only the regional offices that provide essential public services will remain open, and exactly: the Civil Protection services , all hospitals, health facilities, civil engineering offices, forest division inspectorates. “I have a duty to recommend everyone to avoid traveling and, above all, to give up the use of cars, in case of rain: the danger is always around the corner”. This is the appeal made by the President of the Region to the Sicilians.

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