SHARE
COPY LINK

STORM

In Pictures: Wild storm hits Canary Islands

Thousands of islanders have been left without power, dozens of roads have been cut off due to flooding, winds have reached up to 120km/hour and a total of 3,922 lightning bolts have hit the archipelago in a single morning.

In Pictures: Wild storm hits Canary Islands
The storm reaches Tenerife's Orotava Valley. Photo: Twitter

Thousands of islanders have been left without power, dozens of roads have been cut off due to flooding, winds have reached up to 180km/hour and a total of 3,922 lightning bolts have struck the archipelago in a single morning.

The Canaries’ westerly islands — Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro — have continued to bear the brunt of a storm which has so far left 3,500 homes without electricity.

The combination of strong winds and heavy rainfall has had a particularly severe effect on the south of Tenerife, where most of the island’s tourism industry is based.

Sixteen flights from Reina Sofía Airport have been cancelled and most maritime connexions between the islands have been paused until the storm abates.

Don't miss stories about Spain, join The Local on Facebook and Twitter.

The downpour has been so great in some parts of Tenerife that up to 60 litres per square metre have fallen in a single hour.

Here are some of the most shocking photos tweeted by Canary residents over the past few hours:

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

STORM

Weather warnings issued across Spain as storm Karine rolls in

Spain’s meteorological agency has issued a swathe of warnings across Spain as Storm Karine hits the Balearic Islands and peninsula.

Weather warnings issued across Spain as storm Karine rolls in
Map showing alerts issued by Aemet.

Some 33 provinces have been issued with amber alerts – signifying high risk- on Monday for strong winds, heavy snow, and big waves in coastal areas. And all other provinces bar the Canary Islands and Ceuta have been issued with the lesser yellow alerts.

Winds of up to 100km/h are expected to hit the eastern coast affecting areas in the Balearics, Valencia, Catalonia and parts of Andalucia and Murcia while snowfall of up to 20cms is predicted in the Pyrenees.

The north coast is also expecting a battering with waves of up to six metres.

The spate of stormy weather is expected to continue throughout Monday and into Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday in pockets of the north of the country. 

 

 

SHOW COMMENTS