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The autumn’s most generous storm departs Canary Islands, leaving islands drenched

The regions in the Canary Islands that experienced the heaviest rainfall of the storm were the coast of Arico, the Chasna region, and the northwest of Tenerife. These intense showers, accompanied by lightning and thunder, resulted in landslides and disruptions to power lines.

The squall that impacted the Canary Islands over the past 48 hours, bringing heavy rainfall accompanied by electrical storms, particularly during the early hours of Friday morning, is now moving away from the archipelago.

The Atlantic front resulted in substantial rainfall, with the coast of Arico recording 61 litres per square meter, and the northwest of the island, including Santiago del Teide, Buenavista del Norte, and Icod de los Vinos, experiencing between 35 and 40 litres of rainfall. In the southern region, the highlands of Arona and Vilaflor de Chasna received 35 litres, along with the coast of Arico.

Although with less intensity, the eastern islands also felt the disturbance, except for the capital of Lanzarote, Arrecife, which received 42 litres per square meter, causing flooding in Titerroy. La Palma saw significant rainfall, with El Paso recording up to 35 litres and Puntagorda receiving 25 litres. On El Hierro, 30 litres were recorded in La Dehesa (El Pinar) and 23 in San Andrés (Valverde), while in La Gomera, the El Cedro area received 28 litres of rainfall.

The storm departs Canary Islands, leaving islands drenched

The heavy rainfall led to minor flooding in Adeje and Granadilla de Abona, requiring water drainage from some homes. Additionally, power lines were damaged in Icod de los Vinos, San Juan de la Rambla, San Miguel, and Granadilla, and landslides occurred on roads in Santiago del Teide and Arona. In La Palma, emergency services conducted water drainage in Los Llanos de Aridane and cleared five roads affected by falling rocks.

Landslides also occurred in La Gomera on the GM-1 road connecting Vallehermoso with Valle Gran Rey. The yellow warnings issued by the State Meteorological Agency were deactivated, ending the rain and storm alert in Tenerife and La Palma early yesterday afternoon.

Social media platforms were flooded with videos and photographs displaying the effects of the squall front’s passage, which covered the islands in less than 48 hours. It brought flowing water in the ravines and spectacular lightning illuminating the skies over La Isla Bonita and the southwest of Tenerife at night.

The squall has been particularly beneficial for the island’s agriculture, with substantial rainfall and minimal wind. It has rained in all the municipalities of the western islands, and this is expected to result in greener landscapes from the mountains to the coast in the coming days.

Storm departing, more stability in the Canary Islands

The atmospheric conditions are becoming more stable, with the Aemet forecast indicating cloudy intervals today with occasional showers possible to the east of the islands with greater relief. Temperature changes are not expected to be significant. Tomorrow, heavy clouds are anticipated in Tenerife and La Palma, with a low probability of occasional light showers in inland areas. Temperatures are expected to drop slightly at night and remain relatively unchanged during the day, with light eastward winds.

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