RMI issues orange alert for the Coast, winds of up to 125 kph

RMI issues orange alert for the Coast, winds of up to 125 kph
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The Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) has issued an orange alert for the Coast, from Sunday evening, due to high winds of up to 125 kph, Belga News Agency reports.

The alert covers only the Coast and will last from Sunday at 9.00 p.m. to Monday at 1.00 a.m., after which the Coast will return to Code Yellow until 9.00 p.m. on Monday.

Late Sunday evening and early Sunday night, an active cold front will move across Belgium from west to east, with localized storms, sleet, and very strong wind gusts of 100 km/hr. to 125 km/hr., according to the IRM.

The difference with Storm Eunice, which swept across the country on Friday, is that the strongest winds will be of very short duration, localized, and accompanied by heavy rains, RMI said, warning that there could be problems or damage. At sea, the stormy winds will blow temporarily from the southwest.

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While Sunday’s orange alert covers only the Coast, RMI does not rule out the possibility of gusts as high as 80 km/hr. to 120 km/hr. in the hinterland, which could cause damage. A yellow alert for high wind will thus apply to the rest of Belgium. It will be activated between 7.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. on Sunday, depending on the provinces, and remain in force until Monday evening, when it will be lifted for all areas, including the Coast, at 9.00 p.m.

The weather will remain turbulent on Monday, with a possibility of winds of 80 kph  to 100 kph, and even a bit higher in some areas.

The RMI has also forecast a new storm risk at sea for Monday.

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