While torrential rain continues to batter the islands, it was the north of Tenerife which suffered most as a result of yesterday’s gale force winds.
Emergency services were inundated with calls in several municipalities, including Icod, La Guancha, Los Realejos, La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz, reporting fallen trees and telegraph poles, which downed telephone lines and power cables leaving 20 thousand homes without electricity.
Electricity was cut at around 11.30 in La Guancha, San Juan de la Rambla, Los Realejos and La Orotava, among others.
Meanwhile, schools were closed early in several areas and remain closed today
In Icod a large tree was felled bringing down telephone lines, while in the town centre the wooden balustrade of a balcony fell on Calle St. Augustine .
In La Orotava several power and phone lines were brought down across the county, while the gale force winds tore off part of the roof of St. Thomas Aquinas College.
Meanwhile in Puerto de la Cruz, management took the decision to evacuate Loro Park on safety grounds at around noon as the weather continued to deteriorate.
Today, schools in the north of the island remain closed and are joined by those in Santiago del Teide and Guia de Isora in the west of the island, which will remain closed until further notice.