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Storm Passing


Late afternoon yesterday

Late afternoon yesterday

It’s looking like the worst may be over, although outside my window right now looks like an English August Bank Holiday on Blackpool Promenade (you need to know the north of England to get that reference, sorry!). The point being, however, that this is winter and this would be summer in England.

As the day dragged on yesterday, the streets were abnormally quiet, especially for a Sunday. Walking around town around lunch time, cafés and bars were already giving up and stacking their tables. Everywhere here relies on having seating outdoors, even if normally protected from the wind by blinds or awnings. But this wind was coming from the opposite direction, and foiled their attempts at protection. Two valient (or foolhardy), middle-aged couples meandered around the main plaza, the women dressed in white trousers and frilly blouses, the men in nicely-pressed shorts, you could see they were pretending they weren’t cold – tourists then – everyone else was clad in sweats or waistcoats, even though they sported shorts and thongs. There were only a couple of small boats still moored up within the harbor. There are never that many, but clearly most had been taken out of the water, being tethered is one of the worst places to be in a big surge, and sure enough one of the two was half-sunk this morning. The other, I think, had broken its mooring and was rescued during the night.

In that way that storms move, it was almost dark before 6 o’clock, and it seemed that the worst was approaching, but it lightened briefly before night fell, and with the night came the high point of the storm. In Plaza Roja outside my window the palm trees bent over and the rain was horizontal. It was a scene familiar from tv news coverage of hurricanes. I read online of hurricane-force winds being recorded up in Izaña by the Observatory, they were saying 199 km per hour, but this morning it says 149km – still pretty windy!

It passed quickly. In fact, I’ve never known a storm to pass over as quickly. Hurricane Delta in 2005 rattled my shutters for hours. But I wasn’t venturing out. I watched pictures of the rescued boat, floods right across the plaza from me (but hidden by buildings, so no direct view) on the internet and turned in for any early night, expecting to be woken by the winds again, but the only things which broke my sleep were text messages and the neighbors screaming at each other at midnight.

This morning's sunrise. Pictures in order. I didn't think at the beginning I would actually see the sun, but those heavy clouds were moving fast, and it broke through from time to time.

This morning’s sunrise. Pictures in order. I didn’t think at the beginning I would actually see the sun, but those heavy clouds were moving fast, and it broke through from time to time.

This morning Trix and I walked along by the beach (no dogs allowed on the beach itself) for an hour, and I was surprised that there wasn’t more damage. I’ve certainly seen worse. None of my friends are reporting much damage from other parts of the island. That said we are still on alert for roughly another 24 hours.

It’s been, briefly, exciting, but I will be totally ready for the sunshine when it returns.


Author: IslandMomma

Exploring island life and the freedoms of Third Age: Challenging myself every day: writing, traveling, snapping pix, running & teaching ESL

4 thoughts on “Storm Passing

  1. Just a little correction: Scary though it was (I was terrified in my little flat in Santa Cruz), Delta wasn’t a hurricane. It was “Tropical storm Delta”, not “Hurricane Delta”.

    • LOL! I know! But since it was widely refered to in the press as such I used some poetic licence to emphasize the difference between that one and the current one. Actually, it appears that they never did decide whether it had, albeit briefly, obtained hurricane status or not. A lot depends on where one lives, of course. One’s perception is honed by one’s experience, and I no longer live in the same place I did back then, nor am I even the same person. Delta was a learning curve for many, whatever it was.

      Many thanks for your comment :=)

  2. well, I totally get the reference to Blackpool Bank Holiday weather, seen way too many of those. what makes me so sad is that someone I know who has had to cancel two trips over there for health finally got away last Friday for a well deserved break. our weather has been really quite decent lately and she has had this storm and rains. I am so sorry for her! I also realise how great your weather is most of the time and know you know how lucky you are.
    been weeding and pruning and enjoying my crocus and daffs. feels great to be in warm sunshine in the garden once more.

  3. What a bummer. Considering we had an almost-3-year drought too. The chances of having a completey bad week here are slim. Often when there is bad weather on one part of the island, you can drive a half hour and find a sunny part. I was in Los Cristianos this evening and it was quite windy but warm. Most hotel pools are protected against wind I think, so if the sun’s shining she should be able to find a sunny spot.

    Enjoy the gardening. Hope you have a better summer this year – surely it’s time!

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