*** PLEASE NOTE THIS ARTICLE DATES FROM 2014! ***
Update midday: The storm has, after all, cost one life. Emergency services are saying that a 53-year-old man has died in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria after being hit last evening by a falling sheet of metal. He was initially thought not to be seriously injured, just suffering facial wounds, but he has died this morning in Hospital de Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín.
Update 29 November: Well that was a night to remember! Ferocious winds in the medianías particularly have thankfully left little more than minor physical disruption in their wake. Guargacho was left isolated after a tree was felled by the gale, an incident which also damaged a power line and left the entire area without power. In the north, La Orotava across to Santa Cruz was the area which suffered the worst damage, with many fallen trees, but again no major incidents other than the evacuation of some families from one building of apartments in Santa Cruz which suffered structural damage.
That Delta wind record of 248 km/h remains unbroken, moreover: the highest gust registered last night was 175 km/h in Izaña. The teleférico remains closed for the continuing high winds but the red alert lapsed at 10am this morning. Tenerife is now on orange alert for winds gusting up to 100 km/h – positively balmy after last night! This evening the alert reduces to yellow and ends overnight. Normal service, as they say, will be resumed tomorrow.
Update 4pm: The main winds will be coming from 7pm and will batter us until 7am or so. It’s nine years to the day since tropical storm Delta was here. Then, the strongest wind ever registered in Spain was recorded in Izaña near the observatory – 248 km/h! Hopefully it won’t be quite that bad this time.
Unlike in 2002 when five people died in a storm, there were no deaths in Tenerife from Delta (though one man died in Fuerteventura), but there was widespread physical damage to the island’s infrastructure, particularly electrics. And already today a pylon has been bent double in Santa Ursula in north Tenerife. Let’s hope that by the end of tomorrow things are no worse than they are presently, and that everyone has remained safe.
Update midday: AENA says that 23 flights, and all inter-island flights, have been cancelled from TFN Los Rodeos. TFS is currently operating normally, changes to that situation will be advised. Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are also operating, but Lanzarote and La Palma airports are not operational.
Update 28 November: You don’t often see red alerts here, but there’s one for today and tomorrow. The alert is for winds gusting to 130 km/h throughout the island, though primarily affecting medianías and altitude, and the north east area. Most intense wind will be from this afternoon to Sunday morning.
Update 11pm: The Canarian government’s education department has confirmed that despite the weather forecast, schools will be open tomorrow everywhere except Lanzarote and La Graciosa. Various leisure, social, cultural and extracurricular activities might be postponed (e.g. the Las Torres Mercadillo de Navidad), but schools are open.
Update 27 November: The Tenerife Cabildo has issued an alert for high winds from midnight, and the Canarian Government has issued its own for the whole archipelago. The upper limit for gusts at altitude has been increased to 130 km/h, and at coastal level, waves of 5-6 metres are likely.
Update 26 November: Aemet has now issued an orange alert for winds on Friday gusting to 100 km/h throughout Tenerife. The alert is for 24 hours from midnight Thursday, and could be extended through Saturday in due course. The high winds will be westerly-north westerly, and primarily affect medianías and altitude, where gusts of up to 120 km/h are likely; at coastal level, they are expected to be around 75 km/h. As well as high winds, there’s an orange alert for very rough seas (costeros) in north Tenerife. Rain is also forecast, heavy in parts, but the main protagonist of this temporal will be the winds.
Original post 25 November: As I posted HERE, meteorologists were saying after the last temporal that another weather front was coming in and should be with us on and from Thursday this week. And now meteorologists are saying that their models have continued to confirm the forecast. It seems that the new temporal , though not a major one, will be notable primarily for high winds rather than rain, but there will also be significant rainfall in parts. The unstable conditions should be apparent from Wednesday, with rain from Thursday. Again, the north is expected to bear the brunt of the borrasca, but we should all feel the effects of the strong winds, with gusts which are expected to exceed 100 kmh. More information and clarity in due course, I’m sure.