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Offline Dolly Diver

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The Canary Islands’ Met. Office has issued a yellow weather alert for all the islands  as two weather fronts head our way.  The first is due to hit later today but the second front, due Sunday afternoon is the one which causes more concern.

There are very high winds forecast as well as high waves.  The forecast I follow predicts a 4 metre swell at its highest around 6pm on Monday.  According to Los Gigantes Marina officials it will be 6 metres!! (I hope this is not true)

All large boat owners are being advised to move their boats as soon as possible to marinas on the other side of Tenerife.  Smaller boats will be lifted out or moved away from the outer wall and marina entrance.

The marina will be closed to all boat traffic from noon Sunday.

Rain is forecast from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday morning - Batten down your hatches.

Watch this space for news



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  • Oh dear !! You have to feel for those people who've only come for a week in the sun :(

    Offline ANGIE

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    Re: Storm alert this weekend
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  • Where can I buy a pair of Wellies please?

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  • We have just come from the Marina office where there is panic and chaos!  We were told the waves could be between 6 and 10 meters and have handed over our keys for the boat to be lifted out and taken to a safe area - we hope!!

    Alfies Mum

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  • Good luck to all

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    Re: Storm alert this weekend
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  • Boats are being moved now.  There are several gruas transporting boats and the work will continue tomorrow.  An area of land has been organised by the Ayuntaniento to store the boats.

    Our boat is in the que and we hope to get it moved tomorrow - then I will sleep at night.

    A big thank you should go to Maxi and the marina staff for their forward planing and organising of this massive excercise.

    I just hope and pray that when this storm hits it is not as bad as predicted.

    Alfies Mum

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  • OMG please keep us all posted.

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  • The gruaing of boats was still going on at midnight last night.  Today there are still over 100 boats waiting to be moved.  Areas around the Costa Los Gigantes Hotel are being used to store all the boats.

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  • Tenerife Cabidlo has now issued advice to people to avoid unnecessary travel and to stay indoors as of tomorrow (SUNDAY) for 48 hours.

    They are also advising everyone to take indoors all terrace furniture and to wind in sunblinds
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    Offline gladys

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    Good luck everyone out in tenerife and stay safe, hope the forecast is wrong.....

    poolepirate

    Stay safe everyone.

    Offline losgiganteskid

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    This appears to be the only time I would rather be in Blighty than LG - I sincerley hope the storm/s are not as bad as forecast - best keep indoors.

    Who is bearing  the cost of moving all the boats - is it down to each individual owner ?
    I wanted to be the Cincinnati Kid - but couldn't spell it

    coldandtired

    Oh Dear! we are coming out on Wednesday, first time for a couple of years, will it all be over then? :(

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    We were contacted by the Harbour Master's Office at 1700 yesterday evening and warned of the severe weather forecast.
    We had three options.

    1. Sail the boat to San Miguel Marina. A distance of approx 40 kms in adverse weather conditions for a small craft. Purto Colon Marina was a closer option (26 kms) but by this morning it was full.

    2. Load the boat on a Grua for transportation to a secure hard standing (next to Costa Los Gigantes Hotel).

    3. Do nothing and hope the weather forecast is wrong. Then try and argue a case with the Insurance company if the boat is damaged or sinks.

    We went for option (2) at our cost.

    Full marks for the Harbour Master's Office and Marina staff for getting their act together and giving plenty of warning.

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    Our thoughts are with you all. Hope it passes without too much disruption.
    Will be out in 2 or 3 weeks to full sun i hope.

    Offline Dolly Diver

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    Full marks to the Marina, the Ayuntamiento and the police.

    Our boat was moved this afternoon, rather scary swinging on the end of the crane. We were taken by grua safely to the area by the hotel.  The area is fenced off.  Flood lights have been placed and I have been told the police will be monitoring the site.

    We expect a bill, but i can now relax and sleep soundly knowing the boat is safe (hopefully)

    The swell is picking up now making it difficult to lift the boats and the marina is still half full.

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    Thinking of you all at LGS. Hope the storm passes quickly. Keep safe everyone. Keep up the good work supporting each other.

    Offline Beanie

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    We still don't know if our boat has been lifted although we were promised it would be by this evening - they insisted on doing it for us, even though we wanted to help.  Full marks to the Harbour though for organising everything - remembering the last bad storm in 2002, owners were not even informed and the only option we had was to make sure the boat was roped down and hope for the best!  Strangely enough, everything is so peaceful and calm here tonight - could it be the calm before the storm! 

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    Noon Sunday. 

    Boats are still being transported away.

    There is not much wind, a bit of rain and very little swell.  I've just checked the forecast again for the Los Gigantes area and by 9pm we can expect 2.2metre swell.  At this hight they will be breaking over the marina wall.  Expected wind strength 60kph gusting 84kph

    The worst time for the marina will be on the high tide tomorrow at 6pm

    Offline Tanemera

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    ........we can expect 2.2metre swell.  At this height they will be breaking over the marina wall.

    Let's hope they stop cars parking beside the wall by then!

    Mrs Mac

    Has any one taken any pictures of the Marina without any boats?  That must be a rare sight. Do hope that every one there is ok.

    Offline el presidente

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    Mrs Mac,
    There are still a lot of boats of all sizes in the Marina. The Marina staff have been going round the ones that are left making sure the mooring lines are doubled up and secure.
    It must be a worrying time for boat owners who have decided to sit it out in the Marina.
    Boats are still being lifted out but I dont know how much longer the cranes will be able to work.

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    This maybe will not mean much to the average LG holidaymaker but "locals" will know where I mean but I drove from El Tanque "over the top" to Santiago del Teide around 2pm today. At that time, up at about 1000 metres ASL, I would have estimated the windspeed to be in excess of 80kph.  Apparently it is gusting to in excess of 140kph in the El Teide crater  and now it's increasing on the coast near Playa San Juan so looks like the weather forecasters were right......just wondering when the electricity will go off  :( :( :(

    Mrs Mac

    Thanks for that reply El president.  So pleased we are not coming out there till the following week.  Do hope everyone, and the boats are not damaged.  Will keep watching this site.

    Mrs Mac

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    The Consejería de Educación, Universidades y Sostenibilidad has announced that schools will be closed tomorrow, 4 March, in Tenerife, and in Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.

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    Have just been told, it's not quite over yet, more on the way late this afternoon, can anyone confirm ?? Any news on how bad it was on the marina?

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    this morning via Janet Anscombe
    This morning ...

    Well this morning looks a bit battered, but Tenerife is still here! Some 7,000 have been affected by power cuts, particularly in the south-west, notably in the municipalities of Granadilla, Guía de Isora, San Miguel and Arico. Endesa says that it is working on getting everyone reconnected as soon as possible.

    Fred Olsen says that its Los Cristianos ferries are inoperative, with only its Playa Blanca (Lanzarote - Corralejo (Fuerteventura) route operative in all the Canaries. The Tenerife - Gran Canaria line is cancelled until at least 1pm depending on the sea and the Aagaete harbour. The Los Cristianos - La Gomera line is cancelled, pending developments in the situation at Los Cristianos. All La Palma routes are cancelled for the moment, but the 7pm ferry to La Palma is expected to depart if circumstances in both ports permits.
    Neither TFN and TFS closed yesterday, and are again open today, though operating with some disruption. Official advice is to check all flights with individual carriers in case any are affected.

    The TF21 Teide access road from La Orotava is closed again because of ice on the carriageway, while in the south, the police say that drivers must take extreme care because of rockfalls and tree debris. In Playa de las Américas, one car has been flattened by a palm tree that was blown over onto its roof.

    Aemet has kept its red alert for winds at altitude in place for today, and the government is maintaining its emergency plan status; there will be a government press conference at 11am to update further, but things really look as though this storm is now calming down and moving gradually away from us. The sea is likely to be extremely rough for some days, though, so great care is needed around the coasts.

    http://www.janetanscombe.com/news/stormy-weather-approaching-canaries.html

    Offline Dolly Diver

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    The wind strength in Los Gigantes is not a cause for concern.

    The marina still has aprox 100 boats.  Wave height not too bad now but later today is expected to be worse.

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    We are fairing better than other parts of the island
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    5.3.13  1pm Low tide and worsening.