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Battered by bad weather again

Posted by dolly diver on February 17, 2010
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Once again Los Gigantes is being battered by bad weather. Heavy rain, thunder storms, high winds and rough seas are causing chaos for locals and tourists. This week no boats are leaving or entering the marina. As I write this you can’t see the cliffs from the marina because the rain is so heavy.

Until Friday a severe weather warning has been issued by the met office.

Local authorities and the Fire Brigade are once again inundated with calls for help and in the area of Las Chafiras, they are stretched to their limit having to pump water from flooded homes and roofs have been blown off in the high winds. Trees have been blown down, but luckily there have been no reports of injuries.

Yet again the road to Teide is closed.

Update 3pm Wed 17th

After the torrential rain this morning, with rivers running down every road, residents in Los Gigantes are once again mopping up.  The beach road drains were soon blocked with mud and stones causing flooding yet again to the shops and restaurant and this time the flooding of Poblado garages.

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Yellow alert, heavy rain expected

Posted by dolly diver on December 11, 2009
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The Canary Islands Met Office has issued a yellow alert warning of the possibility of heavy rains.

Weathermen are warning that some areas could see a return to last months conditions with up to 60L per square meter of rain falling in the next twelve hours

The affected areas are expected to include the south and west of Tenerife, anticipated rainfall is expected from around 6pm today.

Umbrellas to the ready!

Bad weather continues to batter Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on January 15, 2009
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 	rainbow-los-gigantes-cliffsAmidst the doom and gloom of the credit crunch which is affecting tourism here in Tenerife, matters are being made even more miserable by yet another spell of rain, high winds and rough seas, it’s the worst weather the Canary Islands have seen for many years. The Los Gigantes area is generally better off than most other parts of the island claiming the highest sunshine records and very little rain.

This picture of a rainbow over Los Gigantes Cliffs was taken this morning at 9am but as I write this the sun is now shining again, although it is still very windy and the sea is a good force 4, tour boats would be crazy to venture out in these conditions.

It is predicted that worst affected areas of Tenerife will be Vilaflor and La Orotava and it is expected that the island of La Palma will be worst hit.

The sun shines today, there’s not a cloud in the sky and it is hoped that the more rain and strong winds forecasted for the Islands holds off for the New Year celebrations tonight.

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Sea conditions continue to be rough, dashing the hopes of dive centre owners and whale and dolphin operators of a boost in business to help them through the current crisis but the high swell is delighting surfing enthusiasts at Punta Blanca.

The day will be spent for many mopping up flooded terraces and cleaning out mud filled swimming pools. An elderly couple who live near Santa Cruz needed medical treatment after a rockslide damaged their home.

La Gomera was worse hit with 300 children evacuated from their playschools and many roads were closed due to flooding. La Palma’s airport was closed for most of the day.