Hundreds of pine trees blown down in Teide National Park by explosive cyclone Xynthia

The hurricane force winds that have just left Tenerife have also left hundreds of fallen pine trees in the national park in their wake. Sixty forestry workers have been clearing the TF21 and TF24, the roads across Teide from Vilaflor to La Orotava, which crosses the crater, and the access road from La Laguna/La Esperanza. Both roads remain blocked by the blown-over trees. It is hoped that both roads will be accessible tomorrow, but it is estimated that it will take a fortnight to clear them completely. The Cabildo is maintaining its ban on mountain activities, and walking on forest tracks, and use of leisure and camping facilities remain prohibited for the moment. C24H

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