The Royal Meteorological Institute has warned of the passage of a storm between 2 pm and 7 pm tomorrow this Thursday. Wind gusts in Flanders can reach 120 km/h or 150 km/h. West Flanders and the coastal region may thus come under red alert. “The damage could be widespread and significant in some areas”MRI concludes.
The meteorologist, David Dehanov, in turn alerted our colleagues to Het laeste Nieuws this Thursday morning. According to him, in the most pessimistic case, Younis could be the worst storm since 1990. “The Red Alert for wind is activated very rarely, if ever. Wind gusts of up to 120 km/h occur every five to ten years. Previous gusts of wind of 133 km/h have been measured in Middelkerke since 2002 For wind gusts of 140 km / h, it is necessary to go back 30 years, and the storm of January 25, 1990”He presses.
Experts thus recommend caution “at construction sites where there are cranes, for example”. “Light trucks can overturn at 120 km/h”he adds.
What does a Crisis Center do? CDH wonders
“What is the Walloon Regional Crisis Center doing” wonders CDH on Thursday when winds of more than 100 kph are expected in Belgium this Friday. “MRI has been sounding the alarm for a few hours. It is time to make sure all citizens are well informed. However, I have received little, or even no message, from the Walloon Regional Crisis Center appears”, underlines the leader of the Humanists in the Walloon Parliament, François Descuenes.
“We must make sure that the competent services are on alert and the local authorities are ready. But whether it is a flood or a storm, we feel that the culture of risk and warning, this has not yet been achieved in Wallonia”, he added . “At a time when the risks are many, we should be more cautious. This will undoubtedly be one of the findings of the parliamentary inquiry into the floods”, finally admits the deputy CDH.
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