The regional government has extended the rainfall alert on Gran Canaria

car-washed-away-in-tenerifeThe Directorate General of Security and Emergency Canary Islands Government has declared a state of alert for rain in Gran Canaria and maintained the existing state of alert on the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.

It is expected that the situation will abate in the western province however the very heavy rains still have potential to travel to Gran Canaria, which has so far escape with only occasional short downpours and gusts of wind.

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VIDEO: Tenerife was worst hit on Sunday with massive run-offs

AEMET maintains the orange alert activated in Tenerife and La Gomera for now and the yellow notice on Gran Canaria.

On La Palma and El Hierro, the Meteorological Agency has deactivated the warnings.

The city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is now starting to recover after torrential rains this Sunday morning that caused the death of a woman who suffered a heart attack while being washed away.

Following a fast moving runoff, she and her husband fell in the street, the Avenida de Venezuela, and were trapped under a vehicle parked in the area, reports the local police in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

VIDEO: Many people had to abandon their cars as streets in Santa Cruz were deluged

More than 139 litres per square meter fell over the city, in a very concentrated downpour between eleven and midnight last night, which caused flooding of streets and homes, road closures and the virtual paralysis of the city.

4,000 homes remain without power as two transformer stations were flooded and the emergency services have had to attend to 150 incidents.

Gradually the public transport lines have started to run again where possible, although the authorities have recommended that people stay in their homes as long as the alert is activated.

The rain caused some cancellations in Tenerife North Airport, where flights were diverted, although AENA has reported that services have returned to normal.

According to information provided by AEMET, the inclement weather will remain for a few hours more but will tend to improve and stabilize.

The alert status at the moment does not involve the suspension of classes in schools.

via La Province


Tropical-storm-reforecast-19-10The non-tropical low located over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, a couple of hundred miles west of the Canary Islands, is producing gale-force winds, and could gradually acquire subtropical characteristics during the next several days while it moves slowly westward to west-northwestward over relatively warm waters.
NOAA Predicts:
* 10 % chance of becoming a full storm over the next 48hours.
* Cyclone formation chance over 5 days…medium…30 %.