VIDEO: Fuerteventura feels the force of the DANA with heavy rains

VIDEO: Fuerteventura feels the force of the DANA with heavy rains

The DANA, a low-pressure system in the upper levels of the atmosphere, has left its first effects in the Canary Islands with heavy rain, strong winds and floods on the island of Fuerteventura, where tourists stranded in the Ajui Caves in Pájara have had to be evacuated.

The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) warned of the passage of a DANA through the Canary Islands and activated a yellow weather alert yesterday (Thursday).

The initial effects have been felt in Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Graciosa where intense rains accompanied by lightning and thunder have battered the islands since early this morning.

18 people had to be rescued by the emergency services and a GES helicopter as they couldn’t leave the vicinity of the Ajuy caves in Pajara after the ravine flooded due to the rain.

The storm is predicted to hit the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife tomorrow (Saturday), where overcast skies will prevail with locally moderate rain, especially in inland areas during the central hours and in the afternoon in the northern and inland areas of the islands.

Temperatures will experience a decrease, more pronounced in midlands and mountainous regions of the islands, and the wind will blow from the northeast, occasionally strong on the southeast and northwest slopes of the islands.