Saturday, January 08, 2022

Mythical storm of January 1999

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Muelle Sur Lighthouse

On January 1, 1999, a storm began, accompanied by intense rains and whose negative effects lasted until the 8th. These affected both Canary Island provinces, but were intensely focused on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where hurricane-force winds reached speeds of 100 km / h and the rains of 112 litres of rain per m2. There was damage to the infrastructure of the electricity company that caused cuts in the electricity supply and serious damage to the company's facilities, whose losses amounted to almost five million euros.

On January 6 and 7, 1999, a strong eastern storm brought huge waves to Santa Cruz and the rest of the archipelago that destroyed many port infrastructures. In Santa Cruz, the Paseo de San Andrés, a large part of the Muelle Sur (South Pier), the pier of the Faculty of Marine Sciences, the Sailing School and the Maritime Park were all destroyed. It also seriously affected Avenida de San Andrés. After the episode in the east came another from the north that brought cold, snow and an unusual hailstorm that gave the streets of San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife the appearance of snowfalls.