Disasters & Accidents

Storm Hermine brings record rainfall in Spain’s Canary Islands

Las Palmas, Spain, Sep 25 (EFE).- Spain’s Canary Islands recorded its heaviest rainfall ever Sunday as storm Hermine hit the archipelago overnight, accumulating up to 165 liters of rain per square meter.

According to meteorologists, weather stations across the Canary Islands had never recorded so much rain during the month of September, breaking an all-time record.

Spain’s national weather agency Aemet has issued a red weather alert on the islands of Gran Canaria, La Palma and El Hierro until midnight Sunday, but said the warning would not be extended further.

Storm Hermine was expected to hit the Spanish islands as a tropical storm but was downgraded on Sunday to a depression storm by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) based in Miami, which said heavy rain was expected to continue across the Canary Islands into Monday.

Due to weather conditions, flights were canceled across Tenerife Norte, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma although airports in the rest of the archipelago were operational.

The heavy rain caused power shortages as well as several landslides, fallen trees and road closures.


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