The Ministry of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands has closed all schools in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro due to storm force winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour and torrential rain storms. This means the category of maximum alert remains in force until the storm passes.
This new weather front has been the third in recent days, but this current maximum alert does not apply to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The strong gusts of wind have affected the central areas, summits and eastern slopes of the islands most at risk, although with less impact in the capitals of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
Sea conditions are also treacherous with warnings that waves could reach as high as five metres. This means that ferry crossing could be cancelled or delayed due to storm conditions, and the Naviera Armas ferry that links Tenerife and El Hierro had already been cancelled due to this storm.
Currently seven flights between Tenerife North and La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera have been cancelled due to strong winds at the destination airports, and some flights that had attempted to fly to La Palma and El Hierro both had to return to Tenerife Airport, as it was too dangerous to land.
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