Orange warnings activated in Tenerife and La Palma due to storm Oscar

Published on June 05, 2023
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Aemet has activated the orange alert for the summit and west of La Palma and north of Tenerife due to maximum gusts that could reach 90 km/h.

In addition, the rest of the islands (except Lanzarote and Fuerteventura) will also be under yellow warning due to maximum gusts of wind, which could reach up to 70km/h and due to accumulated precipitation. Likewise, the east and west of La Palma and the east, south and west of Tenerife are on yellow alert due to coastal phenomena.

In Gran Canaria, a yellow alert due to rain will be in place until Wednesday afternoon, while Lanzarote and Fuerteventura don't have any warnings in place at this moment.

Rubén del Campo, AEMET spokesman, explained that this is only the second time that a storm is given a name during the month of June due to its expected impacts, after the naming of 'Miguel' in 2019, and that this season, together with that of 2019-2020, it is the most active in the number of named storms, with 15 respectively.

Storm Oscar represents an unusual phenomenon, as it is not normal for an Atlantic storm to reach the Canary Islands in June. This type of storm is for the winter months, but now it will cause winds around 90 km/h in Tenerife and La Palma and a lot of general precipitation on all the islands, except in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, where some precipitation could be possible on Wednesday.

It is expected that on Thursday the Canary Islands will be outside the radius of the storm 'Óscar', which will travel to the west of the Peninsula until the weekend.

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