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The Government of the Canary Islands issues a significant rainfall warning for Tenerife

According to the warning from the Canary Islands authorities, the potential rainfall accumulation in Tenerife may reach or surpass 60 mm within a 12-hour period.

The Government of the Canary Islands has issued a rain alert for Tenerife, starting from 19:00 hours on Sunday. This alert is particularly focused on the municipalities affected by the recent fire on the island. According to the AEMET forecast, a weakened front is expected to bring rainfall, which could be weak to locally moderate and possibly persistent during the early hours of Monday morning.

This precautionary measure is aimed at addressing potential unusual incidents that the rain could trigger in areas near the Tenerife fire, such as the displacement of ash, sediment, or soil, as well as landslides. Residents in these municipalities are advised to exercise extreme caution.

The affected municipalities include El Rosario, Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Victoria de Acentejo, Santa Úrsula, La Orotava, and Los Realejos.

The Government of the Canary Islands issues a significant rainfall warning for Tenerife.

For the rest of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and Gran Canaria, a pre-alert situation for rainfall has been declared based on available meteorological information and in line with the Canary Islands Specific Emergency Plan for the Risk of Adverse Meteorological Phenomena (PEFMA).

Forecasts suggest that there could be an accumulation of rainfall exceeding 60 mm in 12 hours in certain points on the eastern slopes of La Palma and 40 mm in 12 hours in the northern and northeastern midlands of Gran Canaria.

Residents and guests of the Canary Islands are advised to:

  • Stay informed about weather forecasts and follow authorities’ recommendations.
  • Inspect roofs, roof terraces, water tanks, drains, and downpipes for any issues.
  • Avoid parking vehicles in the bed of ravines, even in clear weather.
  • Prepare with essential supplies such as torches, candles, a camping gas cooker, drinking water, medicines, a battery-powered radio, etc.
  • Secure windows and doors to prevent water ingress and use small protections if needed.
  • Avoid hiking or camping until conditions return to normal.
  • Exercise caution if driving is necessary and avoid flood-prone areas.

In the event of a storm:

  • Tune in to local radio stations for instructions.
  • Close windows and doors during lightning and thunderstorms.
  • Unplug electrical appliances to prevent damage from power surges.
  • In case of flooding, turn off the main power switch in your home.
  • Drive with care and avoid flooded sections of roads.

For those in rural areas:

  • Do not seek shelter under solitary trees or near wire fences, towers, or metal structures.
  • Avoid making phone calls to prevent line congestion.

In case of emergency, call 1-1-2, and for information requests, call 0-12.

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