Bad weather causes power cuts and harbour, airport and school closures
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Updates 06/03/2013 @ 18:00 : This page is now closed for updates. Thank you.
Updates 05/03/2013 @ 07:00 : The storm that has hit the Canary Islands is now leaving the islands and heading towards mainland Spain. It has caused 25 flight cancellations, ferry crossing cancellations, the closure of schools, many properties with no power and fatally injured a German tourist. The Canarian Government has lowered the alert status and schools will re-open today.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 22:00 : The windsurfer that had been missing at sea off the coast of Lanzarote has been found alive and well.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 21:30 : A windsurfer has gone missing of the coast of Playa Honda in the municipality of Sam Bartolome in Lanzarote. The man was practicing windsurfing when he fell into the water and has not been seen since. The bad weather conditions were hampering the rescue conditions.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 20:30 : A German tourist that was injured on the island of La Gomera after rocks fell on her has died of her injuries, making her the first victim of the bad weather currently affecting the Canary Islands. The victim is a 26 year old German tourist and the accident happened at 12:22 today in the area of Vueltas a Argaga in Valle Gran Rey.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 18:30 : The Canarian Government has said that schools and universities will re-open tomorrow. A 26 year old female German tourist has been seriously injured on the island of La Gomera.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 18:00 : ‘Red’ maximum alert now downgraded to ‘Orange’ alert for bad weather currently affecting the islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 17:00 : Waves of up to 6.5 metres expected this evening on islands of La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 15:00 : Fred.Olsen extends crossing cancellations to islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma.
Updates 04/03/2013 @ 14:45 : Maximum ‘Red’ alert due to the bad weather on all islands except Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The bad weather and storms currently affecting the Canary Islands have caused travel disruption, power cuts and school closures on the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. There are cancellations on Fred.Olsen between Tenerife and Gran Canaria and La Palma is totally cut off by sea and by air.
Over 7,000 clients are without power on the island of Tenerife and La Palma. Both islands remain on the highest alert for high winds and rain.
Schools on Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro remain closed for today.
The ports of Agaete (Gran Canaria) and Los Cristianos and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife) are closed until further notice.
Wind speeds of up to 140km/h were recorded at Izaña (Tenerife) and up to 124km/h at the airport of La Palma, which remains closed.