Storm Barbara Warning - France, Portugal


What we know


  • A storm warning is issued for Southwest France
  • It's expected storm will arrive in French territory on Tuesday 20/10/2020, and storm warning will be on the place until Thursday evening
  • A storm will bring high winds and thunderstorms on southwest France. 
  • Gusts of up to 150kph are predicted at higher altitudes in the Pyrénées as Storm Barbara sweeps up from Spain on Tuesday
  • Weather Channel: "After an already windy Monday day, the southerly wind will strengthen even more on Tuesday evening and will blow like a storm over the Pyrenees with gusts of up to 150 km / h during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday"
  • There is a risk of flooding in the coastal areas 


  • Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) announced that the districts of Viseu, Porto, Guarda, Vila Real, Setúbal, Santarém, Viana do Castelo, Lisbon, Leiria, Castelo Branco, Aveiro, Coimbra and Braga will be under yellow alert due to the strong wind
  • From Monday evening until Tuesday midnight continental Portugal will be under orange weather warning


Last update: 20/10/2020 at 10:30 GMT+2. See UPDATES for more.

Last update: 20/10/2020 at 10:30 GMT+2

  • Orange warning for the strong winds in the 4 French regions:  Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantique

Storm - Safety Advice

How to prepare 

  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away and cause damage
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Be aware of your location
  • Get Emergency supplies
  • Make a plan in case of disaster
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
  • Make sure important documents are safe in waterproof containers
  • Be prepared for power outages
  • Charge your mobile phone to ensure you have a reception
  • Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area

How to stay safe

  • Take safe shelter immediately inside a sturdy building, away from windows, doors and electrical appliances.
  • If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees
  • Avoid metal
  • Stay out of water
  • Do not use your cell phone during a thunderstorm
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
  • Avoid landline telephones and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances, as telephone lines and metal pipes conduct electricity
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Avoid flooded areas
  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary
  • Use the internet, radio and local media for news updates