Seven killed as tropical storm Delta lashes Canary Islands

28th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2005, PALMA - A tropical storm with winds of up to 80mph left seven people dead in the Canary Islands.

29 November 2005

PALMA - A tropical storm with winds of up to 80mph left seven people dead in the Canary Islands.

One man was swept off his roof as he tried to carry out repairs to the building in Fuerteventura.

Six other would-be immigrants were drowned in a boat 230 miles south of Gran Canaria.

Four-hundred people were stranded in an airport in Tenerife Norte as it was too dangerous to leave while storm force winds battered the building. All flights were stopped.

Six ports have been closed, including La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro until the storm, called Delta, passes.

Parts of the islands off the coast of Africa were cut off from the outside world because power lines were pulled down by the arrival of the storm on Monday.

Authorities said 265,000 homes were left without light.

Heavy rains lashed the islands, damaging property and forcing schools to close.

The United States National Hurricane Centre (NHC) issued a warning to authorities in Spain before the arrival of the tropical storm.

Roads in some parts of the islands had to be closed to prevent any accidents.

Flights to Palma airport on the island of Gran Canaria were still running on Tuesday, though there were some delays and cancellations on Monday.

It is the second tropical storm to hit the Canary Islands this year.

In October, the tropical storm Vince hit the holiday islands.

Forecasters from the Spanish National Meteorological Institute said the storm should last until Tuesday morning.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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