Storm Hermine batters the Canary islands with flooding, landslides, and 252 flights cancelled

Image of a landslide in the Canary islands. Credit: [email protected]

Spain’s Canary islands have been hit by Storm Hermine, bringing widespread flooding, landslides, power outages, and causing 252 flights to be cancelled.

 

Storm Hermine has continued to batter Spain’s Canary Islands today, Sunday, September 25. There have been reports of widespread flooding, landslides, and power outages across the archipelago.

Thankfully, there have been no reports of injuries to members of the public, with the authorities reportedly dealing with around 800 storm-related incidents. According to airport operator AENA, a total of 252 flights were cancelled due to Hermine.

Although Hermine had been downgraded to a tropical depression from its original category a tropical storm, it still caused devastation. AEMET, the State Meteorological Agency, reported that in excess of 100 litres/m²  had been recorded in several stations across the Canaries during the last 36 hours.

The worst is yet to come said the weather experts, with Hermine’s eye expected to be its closest to the islands this evening and tomorrow morning. Local authorities have reportedly closed all schools on Monday, September 26 in anticipation of the weather.

Angel Victor Torres, the president of the Canary Islands warned that the maximum alert will be maintained, in principle, until midday on Monday 26, in principle. He also warned the public not to let their guard down.

The National Hurricane Centre had warned on Saturday 24 of excessive rainfall in the Canaries this weekend.

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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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