Code 1722 activated for afternoon thunderstorms

Code 1722 activated for afternoon thunderstorms
Calm before the storm on Thursday 19 May 2022. Credit: The Brussels Times

From this afternoon, severe thunderstorms are expected in Flanders and Brussels, with heavy rainfall, hail, gusts and lightning. The storm is expected to pass by 18:00.

Code 1722 is a non-emergency that can be called to alert emergency services when a situation is not life-threatening.

The FPS Interior activated the line after the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI) issued a code yellow for thunderstorms.

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According to the code yellow criteria for RMI, 10–30mm of precipitation may fall in one hour, leading to flooding risk.

If your life is in danger, it is advised that you call the emergency services number 112. Code 1722 is only for non-emergency services.

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