"Hurricane" warning tonight: Lanzarote, Fuerteventura
Looking at the INM website, they do have a Red Warning for Las Palmas region, which includes Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, forecasting strong to very strong thunderstorms, with 12 hour rainfall totals of up to 150mm. The 18Z NWS analysis shows one 45kt marine reading, and Hierro Airport on the westernmost island of La Palma has currently Force 6, but it just shows you how easy it is to cause widespread panic if you want to!!
The INM's criteria for issuing a Red Alert take into account the "climatic frequency of the event in this region and therefore the public's preparedness for it"....so a Red in one place might only be Orange or Yellow somewhere else.
Impressive satellite signature Saturday afternoon
The worst affected island was El Hierro, which is the furthest southwest. It started raining there Friday afternoon and didn't stop until early Sunday morning, by which time it had dumped 500mm!!! of rain. It was complete total devestation in the town of El Pinar, where roads were washed away, houses buried, cars washed down the street, animals lost, but luckily no human casualties. The President Tomá Padrón called it a delue and the worst disaster in the island's history, even worse than Tropical Storm Delta 12 years ago. He is appealing for help in facing the difficult consequences in the coming months.
All the other islands got some rain but nowhere near the same scale - Santa Cruz de Tenerife 95.5mm, Arrecife (Lanzarote) 50.0mm.