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.
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:
— Nachional Cheografic (@Cheografic) December 2, 2013
Red Alert in Tenerife Thunderstorms and Heavy rain. Worst I have seen for several years. pic.twitter.com/ixV2jmkeEa
— Alan Smith (@AlanRangie2005) December 11, 2013
— Alejandro MartínMora (@AleMartinMora) December 11, 2013
Que asco de semana de verda,En alerta roja y todo inundado,y para rematar lo peor viene apartir de las 5 de la tarde. pic.twitter.com/S1aymMsciP
— Hijos De La Ruina. (@AinoaSoloTuyaL) December 11, 2013
— La Provincia (@laprovincia_es) December 11, 2013
El temporal azota Canarias. Rayos sobre Tenerife anoche. pic.twitter.com/iyVYpB2ZZ0
— perseidasm (@perseidasm) December 11, 2013
— davidcalvo (@teideano) December 6, 2013
Huella temporal Tenerife. pic.twitter.com/9XhzzTElu8
— Esteban Diaz (@ediaros) December 11, 2013