A 61-year-old man died today in Playa Jardín in Puerto de La Cruz. Emergency services were called around 4pm with reports that someone had been found floating in the water and had been dragged to the beach by other bathers. Medical teams could tragically do no more than confirm the death at the scene. National Police have taken charge of the investigation, which could suggest the poor man was a foreigner. El DiaREAD MORE

Update 1 March: The Guardia Civil has detained two members of the family of the young woman found dead in Güímar on suspicion of domestic abuse which resulted in her death. As a result both of the autopsy findings and the subsequent investigation, it appears that death was caused by multiple organ failure, which is said to be compatible with lesions found all over her body and indications of neglect. The couple arrested lived with the victim, and have been identified as M. A. R. R. and J. D. P. R., of 55 and 46 years of age respectively. The case has been declared subREAD MORE

A power failure caused a total blackout for Tenerife last night, the second in the last fortnight, and the third for the island in a year (fourth for the province in a year if one includes La Palma’s). According to Unelco-Endesa, the incident occurred at 1.19am and power was fully restored to the whole island at 6.30am. The power failure occured in the Candelaria substantion, in a part of 66,000 volts, which caused a knock-on disconnection at the Las Caletillas power station. This then caused a disconnection in the Granadilla “central”, and thus a blackout for the whole of Tenerife. Endesa is investigating the causesREAD MORE

A 72-year-old woman died this afternoon on Playa San Juan, in Guía de Isora. Emergency services were called at 4.30pm with reports that a woman had been pulled out of the water by other bathers, but despite ambulances and medics attending, they could tragically do no more than confirm her death at the scene. C24HREAD MORE

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 leisureREAD MORE

Update 28 February 10am: The BBC is putting the death toll caused by Xynthia’s trajectory through Spain, Portugal and France at 9. Five people have been killed in France, three on the Spanish mainland and a 10-year-old boy in Portugal. The Canaries thankfully suffered no significant damage from being touched by the edge of this storm. All alerts have now been lifted.  BBC, C24H Update 27 February 11am: The worst seems to have passed over the Canaries now, though the Red Alert will remain in place throughout the peaks, and the Vilaflor and La Orotava areas. Tomorrow, those areas reduce to Orange Alert, and theREAD MORE