Cabildo has deactivated the Island Emergency Plan as the Canary Islands Government’s Safety & Emergency Department has announced the lifting of the state of alert due to a wind and rain storm which has been affecting the entire Archipelago since Sunday night [28 November]. A team of over Â 400 staff plus one hundred vehicles have been mobilised over the past couple of days to tackle the damage caused by the storm.
Today the access roads to the Teide are open although a section of the TF-21 road is closed inside the limits of the National Park from kilometre 47 at the Parador until km 53 at Bocatauce. In this area heavy duty equipment is required to clear the road. Also still closed to traffic is theTF-65 road from San Miguel to Los Abrigos. The Island Government’s bus service (TITSA) is operating normally with all services now running.
DamageFiremen from the Consorcio Insular de Bomberos de Tenerife were called out on 304 occasions from 15.00 yesterday to assist with incidents caused by the strong winds which lashed different parts of the island. The fire brigades continue working particularly in the north. The majority of call outs were in the municipalities of La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Realejos, Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Tacoronte, San Miguel, Icod de los Vinos, La Guancha and Granadilla de Abona, where the fire brigade was needed to help remove sunshades, lamp posts, fallen trees, billboards and unsafe road signs which had become unstable due to the high winds and prevent any possible danger to the public or damage.Power lines hitThe number of people currently without electricity in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife stands at around 4,000, mainly in the north of the Island: Los Realejos (1,400), La Guancha (1,000), and San Juan de la Rambla (650). The technical teams are still experiencing difficulty in accessing the double circuit power line which has been affected as a result of eight pylons being blown down. The time frame for restoring power to homes is still unknown.
TelefÃ³nica is reporting problems with land lines due to fallen telegraph posts and broken telephone cables. Some 3.83 per cent of mobile phone transmitters are out of service because there are still 13 transmitters which are inoperative.
Some of Vodafone’s services have been affected by the wind at certain telephone link ups but the number of users who are unable to use their phones is unknown mainly between Los Realejos and Buenavista.
In the farming sector, the area hardest hit has been the Orotava Valley to Isla Baja, with major damage to banana plantations, citrus fruit trees and avocado trees. The structures of greenhouses in the Abona region have been damaged. At the moment, technicians from the Island Corporation are carrying out evaluations and the results will be announced in the next few days.