Cabildo activates Island Emergency Plan (PEIN) due to gale force winds and heavy rain

The Cabildo de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Government) activated the Island Emergency Plan (PEIN) yesterday at 17.00 acting on the forecast by the Spanish Met Office (Agencia Estatal de Meteorología – Aemet) of very high winds, thunder storms and heavy rain in compliance with the state of alert decreed by the Gobierno de Canarias.

Gale force winds predicted

The storm began to affect the island of Tenerife last night [Sunday 28] and will cause disruption all day today [Monday 29]. Yesterday afternoon the island’s chiefs for Civil Protection, Roads, Mobility and Safety, Water, Environment, Sports, Heritage and Tourism convened the Crisis Cabinet headed by the President of the Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior. Throughout this morning, the Cabildo has been informing the managers of the main public services on the island so that they can take the necessary precautionary steps given the very high risk announced by the Met Office of high winds with gusts of up to 130 km/hour on the entire island, which could reach 170 km/hour in the mountains.

Given the emergency situation, the Cabildo’s Department for Roads closed all access roads to the Teide yesterday. The following roads are closed until further notice: TF-21 La Orotava, TF-24 La Esperanza, TF-523 Arafo and TF-38 Guía de Isora.

The Cabildo has issued a general warning to the public to avoid whenever possible travelling in the lower hills and mountain areas of the island where there could be extreme gale force winds. The Cabildo advises the population to monitor the local media during the day for updates on this weather hazard.

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