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Los Gigantes has escapes major storm damage

Posted by dolly diver on December 1, 2010
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The electrical storms and rough seas prevented diving or dolphin watching boats from leaving the safety of the harbour but Los Gigantes has escaped major damage during the storms of the past few days.

Winds of up to 190 kph struck Izaña and 140 kph in Puerto de la Cruz, trees uprooted, cranes blown over, roves damaged as well as flooding.

No-one was killed but one person is still in hospital with serious head injuries after an iron door fell on him and four people were slightly injured by falling glass.

Reports indicated that yet again the agricultural sector will pay dearly, with banana, and avocado farmers reporting high levels of damage.

Many flights were cancelled. 23.000 people were left without electricity, particularly in Los Realejos, Icod de los Vinos, Arico, Arona and San Miguel, and 13 schools were unable to reopen yesterday (Tuesday) due to storm damage.

………..and it’s not over yet. More rain is forecast for the weekend and early next week. Weather experts are monitoring the situation but no alerts have been issued yet.

Storm damage report

Posted by dolly diver on February 18, 2010
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 	stormy-seas-playa-arenaStormy seas, high winds and heavy thunderstorms continue to cause chaos to the whole of the Caranry Islands.

In our local area yesterday heavy metal manhole covers were lifted out of their places by the sheer volume of water causing the closure of the main road in Playa Arena. Today the clean up begins as dozens of council workers clear mud and rocks from the roads.

The new beach and car park in San Juan has been badly damaged due to a river of flood water which was too much for the drains. (See pics below) At the time of flooding 2 cars were washed down from the car park on to the beach.

Waves of between 4.5 and 5.5 metres have been recorded. A yacht ran aground on the coast of Puerto del Carmen in Gran Canaria yesterday while the Fred Olsen ferry was forced to return to Tenerife after attempting to enter the port of Agaete in Gran Canaria. Further crossings were cancelled.

In Las Calletillas, wind ripped off a gas station roof, which resulted in some people being evacuated from their homes.

Schools and universities are closed until further notice and several roads to Mt. Teide remain closed due to heavy snow, rain or rock falls. Carnival events in Santa Cruz were cancelled yesterday and again today.

Many places were without power yesterday, and today from around mid day until 4pm the whole of Tenerife was without electricity.

Several flights have been cancelled or delayed but all ports, airports and bus services are now operating normally.

It’s not over. There are more storms lurking in the Atlantic, due to hit us over the weekend, so don’t put out your garden furniture yet, but it looks like we may have a bit of a reprieve for tomorrow.

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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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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.