Thursday, December 8

Cyclone Hermine becomes a storm and will leave rains and possible electrical equipment in the Canary Islands in the next few hours

After a “hard” Sunday on some islands due to the number of incidents derived from accumulated rainfall, which almost reached 200 liters per square meter at various points, the latest prediction models announce a gradual improvement in the weather situation in the Canary Islands in the following days. This was reported this Sunday, September 25, by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, in the framework of the press conference after his technical coordination meeting in which the progress of the tropical Cyclone Hermine, now turned into a post-tropical storm. “There is no need to regret personal injuries, that is the most important thing we can count on”, Torres introduced.

The regional president pointed out that we are no longer facing a cyclone but rather a post-tropical storm, but “we cannot lower our guard.” As he explained, it is expected that significant water discharges will occur in the next few hours, accompanied by a possible electrical device. The maximum alert is expected to remain at least until this Monday at 12:00.

In terms of incidents, more than 1,800 people have been left without power on this day, there have been a total of 24 roadblocks and La Aldea has a specific condition. Torres highlighted that a total of 11,000 calls to the Red Cross were registered. The storm has also left landslides, road conditions and the cancellation of 252 flights.

In fact, Eurocontrol reported this Sunday afternoon a zero ‘Rate’ for flights to the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, that is, no flight to these destinations can leave its airport of origin until it is deactivated . This situation has generated difficulties for people who had to travel to the Archipelago and there are passengers for whom the only solution has been to travel on Tuesday.


The president also recalled that there will be no classes this Monday and that they will resume next Tuesday. In the same way, he insisted that teleworking is recommended whenever possible.

The storm loses intensity

David Suárez, delegate of the Aemet in the Canary Islands, has recalled that it is no longer a tropical cyclone, but a post-tropical one and has insisted on “not lowering our guard” and that the next few hours will be of surveillance.

It has rained on all the islands continuously and with lower values ​​than expected in La Gomera. Gran Canaria stands out with rainfall greater than 100 liters per square meter.

More than 1,400 incidents

For her part, Marta Moreno, deputy director of Civil Protection and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands, stressed that until 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, more than 1,400 incidents were recorded. Of these, 1,100 correspond to today. Yesterday there were about 300 incidents.

Moreno has highlighted the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria among the most difficult points since it had been raining non-stop since early morning and there were many performances. This Sunday afternoon these difficulties continue due to the rains in La Aldea, a municipality that has been isolated and can only be accessed from the south.


The deputy director of Civil Protection has also remarked that the most notable incidents that have occurred are road closures, electricity supply problems, telephones, flooded houses… “But fortunately it has not gone any further than we feared,” she said. . At this point, she emphasized the exemplary behavior of citizens who have complied with the recommendation not to make unnecessary trips.

The deputy director of Civil Protection has also remarked that the most notable incidents that have occurred are road closures, electricity supply problems, telephones, flooded houses… “But fortunately it has not gone any further than we feared,” she said. . At this point, she emphasized the exemplary behavior of citizens who have complied with the recommendation not to make unnecessary trips.

Significant rainfall in Gran Canaria

On this day, up to 103 liters per square meter have fallen in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where the storm has left important effects such as runoff and incidents such as electrical failures that have affected both street lights and traffic lights on public roads.

In general, Gran Canaria has been the island that has received the most rainfall. La Aldea has been severely affected, but also Telde, where there have been strong runoffs to the beaches, a tree falling, a road sinking or even the rescue of a horse, according to the City Council in a statement.

Tenerife also registered incidents such as about 30 landslides and road closures. In fact, the TF-31, in Puerto de la Cruz, and the TF-445 remain closed preventively.




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