Tenerife has been devastated by the “worst storm in 40 years” as authorities closed tourist areas amid fears of looting in damaged homes and hotels. Towering 40ft waves slammed the Spanish island, leaving holidaymakers with no choice but to evacuate the area.
Footage shows waves reaching the third-floor of a block of flats in Mesa del Mar in the north-west of Tenerife. Fierce storms led to restaurant windows being smashed, cars swept into the sea, and a football pitch being destroyed by severe floods on the tourist spot.
A dramatic video that was uploaded on social media shows the gigantic waves crashing into the side of a high-rise building, brushing away the railings from concrete balconies.
The incident happened after regional government officials decreed a state of alert as a fierce storm battered the north of Tenerife and other parts of the Canary Islands.
Alvaro Davila, mayor of the municipality of Tacoronte, said 65 apartments in two blocks facing the ocean had been evacuated. He also confirmed nobody had been injured in the scare, which led to 39 people being ordered to leave two buildings in Garichico.
Garichico was one of the worst-affected areas, with waves crashing over the sea wall and flooding streets to the astonishments of locals who filmed the water racing towards them as they ran for safety.
A footage also showed a hotel on fire after it was struck by lightning in Marbella. The streets in Marbella had become like rivers due to the excessive amount of rainfall. Smoke could be seen pouring out of the Playa Hotel in the Las Chapas area.
The holiday spot of Adeje also reported waves breaking windows of a hotel restaurant, though fortunately, no one was injured. The first evacuations were carried out at 10 pm on Saturday night, and more were conducted at around 2 am early Sunday morning.
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WOW!!! Enormous waves has destroyed quite a few homes in Tenerife, Spain this weekend due to passing wind storm! Report: @rtveteleplaneta #severeweather #extremeweather #Spain pic.twitter.com/T6KcUFox5E
— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) November 18, 2018
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