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​Storm Chaos and Confusion in the Canary Islands

Storm Chaos and Confusion in the Canary Islands

This week saw torrential rain storms and very strong winds affecting all the Canary Islands, but these storms often affect these islands during February, and the local governments and municipalities were well prepared and equipped to deal with the numerous incidents reported at various locations. The next day after the storm, the weather returned to normal sunshine, blue skies and lighter winds, and life continued for everyone on these islands, apart from cleaning up the mess that was left by the rain and winds.

Some of these incidents include closure of the road between Cueva Grande and Ayacata in Gran Canaria due to mud and rock falls. Blocked access to Cercados de Araña and Chira dam in Gran Canaria along the GC604.

On Sunday most areas of the Canary Islands experienced wind gusts, and in La Palma these were up to 109 kilometres per hour, and the rains that poured onto Tenerife reached up to 67.6 litres of water per square metre.

Emergency services in Santa Cruz de Tenerife attended 80 incidents in one day, but none were serious. Policia Local officers in Santa Cruz de Tenerife managed to rescue a man who lives in a cave in the ravine of Santos near the Duggi neighbourhood, as he was trapped by the floods. Signs, fences, containers and small landslides were also report in Tenerife and mostly in Anaga.

Airports of Tenerife North and Tenerife South returned to normal operations after delaying flights for around an hour due to poor visibility and flooding of runways. Some flights due to land at Tenerife Airports were diverted to Funchal in Madeira, and although flights were delayed in landing at Gran Canaria Airport, they all managed to land but many reported low fuel problems by the time they landed. At one stage, Tenerife South Airport was partially flooded, so that no flights could land or take off. Lanzarote Airport reported 21 flights that could not land from the UK and Germany, and these were diverted to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

The Naviera Armas Volcan del Teide ferry could not dock in the port of Los Marmoles in Arrecife in Lanzarote due to adverse wind and sea conditions, and was diverted to Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura.

The Gran Canaria Government and the City Council of Aguimes closed several streets in the coastal town of Arinaga due to the danger posed by a wind turbine that was spinning wildly at very high speed due to the very strong winds in the area. There was also an incident at Cruz de Arinaga when a car was overturned due to storm conditions, but the two occupants of the car were only reported to have minor injuries.

There were 112 reports of landslides, fallen branches, fallen trees in roads, cuts in electric power in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, El Rosario, Arona, Los Silos in Tenerife, and at Breña Alta in La Palma, El Pinar in El Hierro and in Hermigua and San Sebastian in La Gomera.

So, these storm winds and torrential rain caused quite some chaos and confusing for residents and tourists, but quickly passed, and will very soon become a distant memory. At present, there have been no reports of serious injuries or death, and the alert warnings issued help local people to prepare before the storm arrived.

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