Spain’s Canary Islands Hit by Major Sahara Desert Sandstorm

Flight, Ferry Services and Firefighting Efforts were Affected by the Storm

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Spain’s Canary Islands was hit by a major sandstorm on Sunday, resulting in the cancellation of several flights in the region.

Spain’s airport operator Aena said normal operations in all airports, except Tenerife South, had resumed on Sunday night.

Ferry services were also affected by the storm. Strong winds also prevented water-dropping aircraft from tackling fires near Tasarte.

An alert was issued on Saturday night advising residents to remain indoors, close their windows and avoid travel.

Spain’s national weather service said winds of up to 120km/h blasted the islands with a cloud of sand from the Saharan desert.