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It’s frequently misreported as happening in other years but today is the 18th anniversary of one of the worst storms ever to affect Tenerife. Eight people died, dozens were injured, some 400 homes were lost, and many lost cars and personal property when torrential rain fell on Santa Cruz and the metropolitan and Anaga areas on 31 March 2002. In all, some 232.6 litres per square metre fell in 24 hours (129.9 litres per square metre in one hour), the heaviest rainfall in a single day since records began in 1869. It peaked between midafternoon and 8pm, and started to weaken around midnight, by which timeREAD MORE

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento. NB: The Canarian Government has asked anyone looking for information to find it online in official sites or social media. If you are asking about specific symptoms, or think you might have covid19, first use the online test HERE, and then call the free multi-lingual helpline 900 112 061 if it is recommended by the test results. Use 112 only for emergencies, also multi-lingual.  Updated 11pm, 30/3: And again the increase is down. Sanidad has said tonight that we have had 58 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of cases in this outbreak to 1,262 in the Canaries. SadlyREAD MORE

A 76-year-old man died this morning when his car collided with a van in Calle Vía Cornisa in the La Salud area of Santa Cruz. Emergency services say they were called out at 10am with reports of the accident, and units despatched found that his car had crashed into another vehicle, causing that to fall onto a house’s terrace. Thankfully the second vehicle was parked and empty, but even so ambulance crew were unable to help the elderly driver who was declared dead at the scene.READ MORE

Updated 11pm: Emergency services say that the 62 on board the two pateras were 39 men, 17 women, and 6 children. All are in good health, and only one woman among all of them had to be taken to hospital for non-serious treatment. Original post 29 March: The Coastguard and the Air Force have today rescued the occupants of three pateras to the south of the Canaries. Some 70 are thought to be on board in total, including children. The search and rescue boat Talía is bringing 62 of them, the occupants of two of the pateras, into Los Cristianos while the lifeboat Menkalinan takes 8READ MORE

Police are investigating the death of an 82-year-old woman whose body was found in her apartment in Edf Eden in Los Cristianos earlier today. Her husband of 86 was found seriously injured in the property, both showing signs of violence. The investigation is being conducted by the Policía Nacional and no hypotheses are being discounted at present though domestic violence is not thought likely.READ MORE

It might make little actual difference but it might lighten our spirits a bit in these dark times, literally too, when the evenings start drawing out, as they will from tonight when we turn the clocks forward an hour. In my case, Spring Forward means chaos for a couple of days while I work out which have also adjusted themselves automatically … so there is a woolly two-hour gap in some parts of my house! But tonight, at 2am, we turn forward any of the clocks that don’t do it by themselves, and tomorrow evening it will still be light until around 8.30pm.   Today tooREAD MORE