Flights were canceled across Spain’s Canary Islands, airport operator Aena stated. This was due to Hurricane Hermine moving in from the Atlantic and bringing heavy rains to the popular tourist destination.
By mid-afternoon, there had been 141 cancellations across many islands. These included 62 from Tenerife North, 23 from La Palma and 20 from El Hierro.
Heavy rains flooded the streets and some were blocked off by fallen trees.
Aemet, Spain’s national weather agency has issued a red alert for Gran Canaria, La Palma, and El Hierro, from midnight on Sunday to midday.
As a precaution, the regional government shut down schools Monday.
Angel Victor Torres, the regional president, stated that the storm was expected move closer to the islands between Monday (26 September) and Sunday (11pm).
Hermine was expected to hit the Canary Islands in a tropical storm, but the U.S. downgraded it to a tropical depression on Sunday. National Hurricane Center. According to the National Hurricane Center, heavy rains are expected to continue through Monday.
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