Maximum alert issued for all Canary Islands due to the tropical cyclone

Published on September 23, 2022
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Canary Islands Government has issued a maximum alert for the archipelago, in the wake of the tropical cyclone that is estimated to form nearby, affecting the islands starting from Saturday and until Monday.

As the National Hurricane Center has already announced, there are about 70% chances of a tropical cyclone forming near the Canary Islands, which will result in intense precipitation, accompanied by storms, throughout this weekend and on Monday. 

Aemet has also updated the yellow rain alert to an Orange warning in the case of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro, which means that only Fuerteventura and Lanzarote will remain under yellow alert.

The adverse weather phenomenon will begin to affect the western part of the archipelago starting on Saturday, continuing to affect the entire territory over the weekend.

In the maximum alert decreed by the Canary Islands Government, it is reported that widespread rainfall is expected, although the intensity of the rainfall is expected to be moderate, while not ruling out that locally strong rains could occur in some areas.

Aemet has also issued a document informing about the weather in the upcoming days

Saturday - September 24

Rainfall is expected starting from midday, with accumulated precipitation of 60 mm in 12 hours in the western islands.

Sunday - September 25

More intense rain is expected on Sunday, which could be very strong in some areas, with up to 30 mm in 1 hour and accumulated precipitation of 100 mm in 12 hours, except in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura where the amount expected is 40 mm in 12 hours. These types of precipitation could continue over the first half of the day on Monday, expected to stop in the afternoon.

It is probable that in some parts of the western islands and Gran Canaria the amount of accumulated precipitation could reach up to 150 mm.

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