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Local government releases guidelines amid pre-alert status in the Canary Islands

The regional government issues recommendations as strong winds and poor sea conditions are forecasted in the Canary Islands.

The regional government, via the Directorate General for Emergencies, has initiated a pre-alert in the Canary Islands for wind and coastal events starting from 21:00 hours on Friday. This decision is based on data from the State Meteorological Agency and other sources, under the framework of the Specific Emergency Plan for the Canary Islands for Adverse Meteorological Phenomena (PEFMA).

The weather forecast indicates that there will be moderate to strong northeasterly winds, with speeds ranging from 30 to 60 km/h. These conditions will be particularly severe in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and the southeast and northwest slopes of the larger islands, with possible extremely strong gusts reaching over 70 to 80 km/h in these areas, especially on the higher peaks and in El Paso, La Palma.

Adverse sea conditions are also expected, with northeasterly winds of force 5 to 7 (30 to 61 km/h), hitting the southeast and northwest coastal areas the hardest. There will be a strong swell, leading to rough seas by Sunday, with northwesterly swells of 2 to 3 metres and combined swells of 2.5 to 4.5 metres. The largest waves are anticipated along the northern and western shores of La Palma, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote.

Local government releases guidelines amid pre-alert status in the Canary Islands

Given these conditions, the Canary Islands Government advises residents to exercise extreme caution near the coast and stresses the importance of adhering to self-protection measures to mitigate risks associated with the sea and windy conditions.

The public is urged to avoid standing on piers, breakwaters, or near the sea to prevent being hit by waves. It is also recommended to delay any nautical or outdoor activities and to avoid swimming on remote or unpatrolled beaches. In areas expected to experience moderate to strong wind gusts, such as the southeast and northwest regions and the highlands, residents should reduce speed while driving and be alert for potential debris on roads.

Additionally, the PLATECA (Territorial Civil Protection Emergency Plan of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands) plan remains in effect due to a vessel stranding on Isla de Lobos last Wednesday, with ongoing efforts to monitor and address the situation in light of the adverse weather expected in the coming days. A coordination meeting has been held to discuss the stranded boat’s removal strategies, prioritizing environmental protection and preventing further damage from the upcoming storm.

The National Maritime Plan for marine pollution remains in the Alert Phase, and PLATECA continues in a pre-alert state, ensuring that emergency resources and coordination are ready to manage the situation effectively. The Fuerteventura Island Council also maintains its PEIN plan in pre-alert status.

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