Clear up in North Tenerife begins as torrential rain system passes

Los Realejos water has again been deemed safe for domestic use. La Opinion

Update 17 November: The Met Office has announced that the wet weather front which has caused chaos as it lashed the Canaries over the last two days is now moving away. The forecast is for a return to good weather tomorrow, Wednesday, with just the possibility of occasional showers as the weather clears. Again, today, the islands suffered heavy rains and electrical storms, though not as severe as yesterday.  Canarias7

The mayor of Los Realejos, Oswaldo Amaro Luis, has announced a ban on drinking public supply water in the municipality due to sediment deposited as a result of the recent rains. The mayor stressed that the ban was a preventative measure, and that it will apply until water purity can be guaranteed for safe domestic consumption.  El Dia

Update 9pm, 16 November: Hundreds of drivers are trapped in their cars in traffic jams stretching for kilometres. Now the TF-324 between Los Realejos and La Orotova is blocked too.

Some people are feared trapped in their houses with the downstairs completely flooded. Emergency vehicles even unable to cope with the roads to get to them. Barrancos have overflowed. A La Orotava bombero said they were doing everything they could and more at the moment.

Reinforcement crews have been brought in from Santa Cruz, Icod de los Vinos and San Miguel. Canarias24Horas

Update 8pm, 16 November: And raining it is!! The TF-5 near Alcampo-La Orotava has been cut off due to heavy rains. In La Orotava, drains are overflowing and there’s lots of flooding. Floods too in La Ferruja and Las Llanadas, La Guancha, Icod and Buenavista del Norte. Roads affected by rain and/or rockfalls due to the rain are TF- 335 (Los Realejos), TF- 315 (Toscal Longuera), TF-342 (La Guancha), TF-82 (Armeñime- Icod) and TF- 430 (Masca). Half hour delays reported in Los Realejos airport for inter-island flights.  La Opinion

Original Post 6pm, 16 November: The Met Office, AEMet, has put north Tenerife on Yellow Alert for heavy rain this evening and tomorrow. The alert lasts until 6 pm tomorrow, and applies to the municipalities of La Orotava, Vilaflor and the whole of the North Coast. Up to 60 mm of rain is expected over the next 12 hours.  AEMet

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