June 12, 2021

Lanzarote registers the longest gust of wind in the Canary Islands with 93 kilometers per hour


The greatest gust of wind of all the Canary archipelago has registered this Friday in Lanzarote, according to State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) as a result of the observation data collected until 2:30 p.m. on May 14. The César Manrique-Manrique airport scored 93 kilometers per hour from the trade wind at 11.20 am.

Almost all the Canary Islands are in yellow risk due to strong winds and entirely due to coastal phenomena. In the case of Lanzarote and La Gomera the risk of wind is important and the alert rises to orange.

The Alto Igualero stations, in Vallehermoso (La Gomera), at 8:20 a.m. and Tías (Lanzarote), at 1:40 p.m., had gusts of 89 kilometers per hour. The gale of Tías destroyed a tent installed in the municipal sports center.

In Arure, in Valle Gran Rey (La Gomera), at 6:10 a.m. and in the municipality of El Paso, at 4.40 a.m., the trade winds left gusts of 87 kilometers per hour, according to Aemet.

The Consortium for Security and Emergencies of Lanzarote advances, after gathering information from the Aemet, that on the island the intensity of the wind is expected to remain at 90 kilometers per hour, especially in the surroundings of Arrecife, until 6:00 p.m. Friday, from which time it will go down to 80 kilometers and will continue until 12 noon tomorrow.

For this reason, the consortium advises suspend all outdoor activities from today until 12.00 this Saturday, including sporting events, markets and extracurricular activities.

Extreme caution

The Safety and Emergencies Consortium also recommends that the population take extreme precautions and adopt those self-protection measures necessary due to the strong wind:

• Closing doors and windows to avoid drafts that can lead to glass breakage and fall.

• Remove flowerpots and all objects that may fall into the street from balconies and roofs.

• Check the houses so that there are no cornices, balconies and facades in poor condition that could cause rubble and debris to fall.

• Avoid hiking until normality is restored

• Try to postpone travel by road and in case of making them take extreme precautions. The use of public transport is recommended.

• Motorcycles and large vehicles that have a large surface in contact with the wind (trucks, vans, vehicles with trailers or caravans) are in danger of overturning in cross winds.

• Avoid walking through gardens or wooded areas.

• Stay away from walls, old houses, scaffolding, illuminated signs, billboards, and other structures that can be blown over by the wind.

• Light poles and tension towers are dangerous, so you have to move away and in case of risk call 112.

• In case of risk from construction cranes, immediately notify 112.

• Drive slowly and with caution due to the possible presence of obstacles on the road or wind blows that make you lose control of the vehicle, especially when overtaking.

In the event of any emergency or accident, call 112 or 080.

Expansion of the yellow risk due to coastal phenomena

The General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands has extended the pre-alert for coastal phenomena from two in the afternoon this Friday. The wind will blow from the northeast in the western islands and from the north in the eastern islands with a speed of between 30 and 50 kilometers per hour, although there are areas where it will reach 70 kilometers.

The bad state of the sea will bring strong swell with large areas of rough seas and northern swells with waves of up to two meters, while the combined sea swell could leave waves of up to four meters high.

The wind will accompany the islands during the weekend, although on Saturday afternoon it will lose intensity.

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