Rough sea in Puerto De La Cruz
Picture: Puerto de la Cruz – Sunday

Many parts of the Canaries yesterday were still in the grip of the ferocious winds that have battered the region since Saturday.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled in La Palma and Gran Canaria due to the high wind speed.

Puerto de La Cruz and other northern areas of Tenerife were badly hit. Local police and firemen were kept busy with calls for assistance and several major tourist attractions closed as a precautionary measure.

Winds speeds in excess of 130 kmh were recorded and major damage was caused to one apartment block.

The authorities also ordered the closure of schools in El Tanque and Icod de Los Vinos. In all, almost 60 schools in Tenerife closed.

Closer to home – Los Gigantes has escaped severe wind damage but high seas, cloud and a bit of rain have kept the tourists off the beaches. All whale and dolphin trips as well as diving excursions were cancelled.

Editors comment – Still much warmer than UK!!!