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Strong wind alert in the Canary Islands: impact on the islands explained

The Canary Islands' General Directorate of Emergencies has escalated the status from pre-alert to an alert due to strong winds on the islands.

The General Directorate of Emergencies of the Canary Islands has escalated the warning level from pre-alert to alert due to strong winds on the islands of El Hierro, La Gomera, and parts of Tenerife.

This decision, as stated in the regional government’s communication, is based on the forecast by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and other sources. It aligns with the protocols of the Specific Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands for Adverse Weather Events (PEFMA), which is regulated by the Decree 18/2014 of March 20.

The areas specifically upgraded to an alert status include El Hierro, La Gomera, and the Tenerife municipalities of Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Santa Úrsula, La Victoria, La Matanza, El Sauzal, Tacoronte, Tegueste, La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and El Rosario.

Strong wind alert in the Canary Islands: impact on the islands explained

The remaining parts of the Canary Islands and other municipalities on Tenerife continue to be on pre-alert.

The forecast predicts strong easterly and south-easterly winds with intense gusts that may reach or exceed 80 km/h. There is also a possibility of occasional gusts between 90-100 km/h, particularly due to the island’s terrain.

On Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, a yellow warning for risk due to these conditions is in effect today, Saturday. The AEMET specifies that this warning will be active from 06.00 to 17.00 hours.

Consequently, south-easterly wind gusts around 70 km/h are expected to affect the western slopes of the easternmost islands, and local gusts could potentially reach up to 80 km/h.

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