Batten down the hatches

Posted: October 13, 2007 in Life, Spain, Tenerife, Travel
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Following the first light rain for months, Thursday night saw the Canarian Government issue a severe weather warning for Friday. A state of yellow alert was declared. A storm was headed our way and one of the places picked out as going to be particularly affected was La Orotava, a town which lies a few kilometre up the hill from our house. Advice included not to pop out in the car if you didn’t need to and to turn off the electricity.

This was a bit of a blow as it put the kybosh on our plans to go to the fifth anniversary party for Living Tenerife, a magazine we write for, which was taking place in the south of the Island. On Thursday night, the national weather forecast on Spanish TV confirmed that we were in for a bit of a rough ride over the coming 24 hours.

Friday morning arrived, heralded by bright blue skies and we waited for the storm, and waited. By mid afternoon, dark clouds had gathered all around us, but directly overhead, the sun continued to shine. As the sun began its descent, the situation remained the same, dark clouds swirled around Mount Teide; the hills to the north were bathed in clouds the colour of petrol, with a faint rainbow breaking up the gloomy vista; out to sea, the sky looked angry and keen to extract its wrath on someone, but above us remained the little circle of blue.

Lulled into a false sense of security we went to bed at around 1 am without even the tiniest teardrop of water having hit the ground, only to be rudely awoken an hour later by what seemed to be a crowd of paparazzi bathing our bedroom in white light from their camera flashes. We leapt out of bed, ran into the living room and unplugged the computer, telephone and television (having had our modem fried by a lightning strike last year, we weren’t taking any chances) before getting back into bed and waiting. There were another couple of flashes, some far-off rumbling and a few heavy splats outside, but then that was it. I’ve no idea yet if the storm did hit the western Canary Islands, but this time at least we seem to have escaped it.

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