Canary Islands hit by major sandstorm

Posted on 24 February 2020 By Anita Froneman

The Spanish Canary Islands, off the coast of North Africa, were hit by a Saharan sandstorm over the weekend. Gran Canaria Airport cancelled all flights yesterday. At least 19 flights to the island were diverted last night according to

‘We expect to operate our full flying programme today, however due to the ongoing weather we strongly advise customers booked to travel to or from the Canary Islands in the coming days to check the status of their flights … before travelling to the airport,’ a spokesperson for easyJet, one of the affected airlines, told the online publication.

Spain’s national weather service forecast winds of up to 120km/h in the Canaries today according to BBC.

A number of people have posted videos and pictures of the storm on social media and the regional government has issued an alert, advising people to stay indoors and avoid travel.



Image: Twitter/Speedbird

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