Hermine downgraded to tropical depression, still causes heavy rain in the Canary Islands

Published on September 25, 2022
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Image from Centro de Coordinación Operativa Municipal (Cecopal) from the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Aemet Canarias has just announced that, as was expected, storm Hermine had lost strength and it is again classed as a tropical depression instead of a tropical storm.

This change does not however change the rain predictions for this Sunday in the Canaries, where it has already started to rain substantially in some areas.

We remind you that starting from 12:00 pm this Sunday, the island of El Hierro, the south, east and west of Gran Canaria and the east part of La Palma are under code Red due to precipitation that could amount to 180 mm in 12 hours in the case of El Hierro and La Palma and 120 mm in hours in the case of Gran Canaria.

Tenerife remains under Orange alert and Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are under yellow warning due to rain, as these islands are expected to get 40 mm of precipitation in 12 hours, as opposed to the western islands of the archipelago, where the amount of rainfall could be triple or even four times more. 

As shown by Aemet, some areas of La Palma and Tenerife have already registered important amounts of precipitation on Saturday as well:

Binter canceled all flights to/from La Palma, Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera until at least 1 pm today

Hermine in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

The local police recommend not driving unless it is absolutely necessary, as in some parts of Las Palmas there's water pouring down from walls and it is accumulating on the roads as it is the case on Paseo de Chil

GC-310 is currently closed on the way to Santa Brigida due to the asphalt collapsing

Also in Gran Canaria, road accesses to Tirma are closed due to landslides on GC-200 PK 15+100 to 19+750. Landslides are also recorded in GC-75 and GC-220.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife - a big tree has fallen on avenida Benito Perez so traffic is currently closed

Also, all parks in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are currently closed.

On Saturday, at the station at Cañadas del Teide, there have been more than 60 mm of rainfall registered

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