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

As a result, may tourists have been left stranded on the islands.



A spokesperson for easyJet, one of the affected airlines, told

‘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,’


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


A number of people have taken to social media and posted images and videos and of the havoc being wreaked by the storm. The regional government has issued an alert, advising people to stay indoors and avoid travel.



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