Tropical storm Hermine will be felt from midday in the western Canary Islands
The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) have updated their forecast this morning saying that the effects of tropical storm Hermine will begin to be felt from midday today, Saturday, in the western Canary Islands.
From 3.00pm, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro will register rains of 60 litres per square metre, gusts of wind up to 70kmh, and storms, even though only light rains have been experienced so far during the night and this morning.
The situation will worsen from midnight tonight and throughout Sunday, when Hermine will also affect the islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The rains are expected to increase to 100 litres per square metre in some areas, with storms throughout the archipelago, and strong winds will continue in the western islands.
However, the situation is expected to improve on Monday morning, although the rains, wind and storms will continue during the first part of the day. In total, AEMET are predicting between 10 to 15 times the normal rainfall in September over the next three days.
TORRES: “STAY INDOORS AND AVOID TRAVELLEING”
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, asked for "prudence" and called for "self-protection and maximum precaution" during the weekend with the arrival of the storm, in the face of what, he said could be “the most intense rains seen in the Canary Islands in recent years”.
Torres has asked people to stay indoors, avoid travelling around or between the islands, and announced that all outdoor activities are suspended from today until the maximum alert ends.
At this time, the forecasts highlight that the core of the cyclone will not touch the islands, but the meteorological phenomenon will leave significant rainfall in the Archipelago.