On Tuesday, February 12, the Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology (INMET) issued a warning for thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, and strong winds over 80 km/h (50 mph) in Rio de Janeiro state through Saturday, February 16. Consequent transportation disruptions are to be expected in the state over the coming days.
This inclement weather notably comes after another severe storm hit Rio de Janeiro state on February 6, leaving six people dead.
Individuals in Rio de Janeiro state are advised to monitor local weather forecasts, prepare for transportation disruptions, and adhere to any advice issued by the local authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders). In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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