Orange alert for high winds over weekend as Cabildo advises public to stay indoors

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Update 3 February 3pm: Just to update once more, the Tenerife Cabildo has issued the recommendation that because of the high winds forecast, the public should not make unnecessary journeys during this weekend. The Cabildo says that the recommendation especially applies to the northwest and southeast of the island, where the winds are expected to be strongest.

The Cabildo requests the public to:

  • Avoid going out as much as possible, and shut and secure doors and windows during the strong winds.
  • Take in or secure any objects that could be blown away, such as flowerpots, outdoor furniture, blinds, etc.
  • If you have to go out, try not to walk in narrow tree-lined walkways, and avoid older buildings or construction sites.
  • Stay clear of walls, fences, trees, etc, and avoid walking under cranes, scaffolding, or other objects that could be blown over by the wind.
  • Don’t bathe in remote beaches which lack lifeguards.
  • Obey any red flags raised as warnings in beaches with large waves or undertows.
  • If you see other people in places of danger, pass on this advice.
  • Stay away from areas where waves are breaking heavily, e.g. breakwaters, harbours, etc., and don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by sudden calm periods.
  • In case of emergency, call 1-1-2 immediately.

Update 3 February 2pm: And now an orange alert for winds gusting to 90 km an hour is also confirmed for Sunday throughout Tenerife except for the north coast.

The north has a yellow alert throughout the weekend for winds gusting to 70 km an hour.

The orange alert is set, at the moment, until 3pm on Sunday, though the yellow alert for the whole island for winds gusting to 70 km an hour is set until the end of Sunday.

Update 3 February: The yellow alert for today remains in place, but tomorrow’s has been raised to orange level, with winds gusting to 90 km an hour now being forecast for all of Tenerife apart from the north coast. Sunday’s alert level, if any, is yet to be confirmed.

Original post 2 February: Aemet has activated a yellow alert for tomorrow for winds gusting up to 70 km an hour in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. The alert is presently from 6pm tomorrow (Friday) and throughout Saturday.

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