Torres: «We put an end to the maximum alert and resume classes»

Torres, in a meeting this Monday with the security coordination team. / EFE

The Canary Islands return to normal tomorrow after the passage of 'Hermine'

Ingrid Ortiz Viera

The archipelago will return to normal from tomorrow as 'Hermine', now a subtropical storm, continues to move away and lose strength.
From 12.00 noon The maximum alert ends and all the islands except Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which go to pre-alert, will be lowered to a state of alert.

Sports and leisure activities will also be recovered, in accordance with what is agreed by the competent administrations (councils, town councils and public entities).

For their part, classes will resume throughout the archipelago. Work will be carried out throughout the day today so that the centers affected by the rain can be repaired and safely accommodate the young people.

"Things have gotten better," assured the regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, after the last security coordination meeting in which Davis Suárez, delegate of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) and Marta Moreno, responsible for Civil protection.

Overnight, the storm dumped heavily in a few focused spots, but not as widely as the rest of the weekend. According to advanced data, since the beginning of the phenomenon, the archipelago has accumulated more than
300 liters in one hoursomething else on La Palma, a record of unprecedented rainfall in the records.

«In these three days, the accumulated figure for September is higher than the data for this month from previous years. In fact, one day it has rained much more than other Septembers combined," Torres stressed.

400 people without power, flights canceled and several evicted

The rains have left numerous incidents in various parts of the islands. About 2,000 people have been affected by
outages and problems with electrical suppliess, of which currently 400 still remain without light.

In the
airports there have been diversions and cancellations, although it is expected that as of this noon, with the improvement of the weather conditions, the total normality of the routes will be recovered.

Around 4:00 a.m. this Monday morning, some
50 people were evicted in San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Gran Canaria), due to the intensity of the water flow. Marta Moreno informed that currently they are all back in her house. "The area of ​​La Aldea has been one of the most complicated to attend, because it is the one that has suffered the most damage, but we continue working," she clarified.

The situation in La Palma, other of the islands with greater affection, is also worrying. The change in orography as a result of the volcano, Torres assured, aggravated the incidents.

landslide hazard

Although the rains will decrease, experts warn to take precautions on the roads due to the risk of landslides in the coming days.
The roads that are still closed at various points on the islands will be opened during the day.

Torres wanted to thank, on the other hand, the inter-administrative collaboration, as well as that of the citizens who avoided traveling during the weekend. Voluntary confinement, she assured, avoided giving data today on personal injuries.


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