Monday, October 20, 2014

Tenerife Storm 19th October 2014

This video shows some of the effects of the torrential rains that fell in Tenerife yesterday. Another is here, which explains that, in Santa Cruz, 106mm (just over 4 inches in old money) of rain fell in an hour and there were more than 5,000 lightening bolts over the island.

The day ended with one fatality, it is reported, when a 56-year-old woman died after suffering a heart attack as she was swept along by flood water then became trapped under a parked car in Santa Cruz.

A state of emergency was declared in the city, where emergency services received more 500 calls.

There is a history of this ocurring in the capital city of Santa Cruz, in large part because of the way in which natural watercourses have been overbuilt.

In other parts of the island, the weather was either relatively fine or had far less effect. Whilst precaution is still wise, most tourists will not have been anywhere near the area of the floods and therefore almost certainly won't have been caught in them, as this headline Thousands of holidaying Brits caught in Tenerife flash-floods that left one dead in The Mirror suggests.

[Edit] ... and Auntie Beeb was caught with her knickers down again as the BBC wrongly reports 5 deaths in yesterday’s rain

Shame on the fear-mongering British press media once again.

On the positive side, this morning the storm has left Teide with a dusting of possibly the earliest known October show.

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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