The Canary Islands expect heavy rains this weekend, “the most important in the last decade”, said the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, during the press conference to analyze the situation for the cyclone Ten. The core of the cyclone, its center, is “unlikely” to pass through the Archipelago. However, as a precaution, classes are suspended next Monday.
The Government of the Canary Islands declares the maximum alert for storms, rains, wind and risk of flooding this weekend
Strong winds as occurred during Tropical Storm Delta are not expected. The maximum alert for heavy rainfall, wind and flooding from tonight remains on all the islands indefinitely.
It is expected that this cyclone will have important effects, especially in La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, but the rains will be widespread. Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, therefore, will also be on alert.
It is foreseeable that sporting events will be suspended (such as the UD Las Palmas match) although the competent ones are the Cabildos. It is also possible that it affects airports.
“It’s something unknown,” remarked Torres, who recalled the tropical storm Delta in 2005, which was characterized more by wind than rain, unlike Ten, which will bring significant rainfall. The president affirmed that the rains will begin to gain intensity at noon on Saturday and recommended not to make unnecessary trips.
The AEMET has issued a special warning for a tropical cyclone with an indirect impact on the Canary Islands since the nucleus is not expected to arrive, but it will leave intense rainfall during the weekend and on Monday. According to the AEMET delegate in the Canary Islands, David Suárez, if this morning there was an 80% probability of tropical cyclone formation, as of noon the National Hurricane Center has established the category of tropical depression 10 and that it is in front of Cape Verde, 1,500 km from the Canary Islands.
For her part, the deputy director of Civil Protection, Marta Moreno, recalled the importance of putting self-protection recommendations into practice and asked “not to trust us.” Marta Moreno insisted that Sunday will be a complicated day, with heavy rains and possible flooding, and that it is necessary to anticipate and take civil protection measures on Saturday. In that sense, she pointed out the importance of keeping roofs and gutters clean, removing from balconies and facades any object that could fall outside.
Sunday, the most complicated day
On Sunday, an intensification of rainfall is expected, which can be very strong (up to 30 liters per square meter in one hour) with accumulations of 100 liters per square meter every 12 hours, except in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura where up to 40 liters per square meter every 12 hours.
These precipitations would remain during the first half of Monday 26 and would begin to decrease in the afternoon. It is likely that over these three days more than 150 liters per square meter will accumulate in some parts of the western islands and Gran Canaria.