The Directorate General of Security and Emergencies has sent a communiqué to the island councils of La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife after the last update from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) regarding the change in the progression over the Atlantic of tropical cyclone Leslie, which increased the possibility of affecting the archipelago.
Considering the meteorological situation specific monitoring is being conducted through the Civil Protection Plan and Emergency Care of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands for Risk by Adverse Weather Phenomena (PEFMA).
Local authorities are urged to pay special attention during the next few days to the possible declarations and specific recommendations that may be issued by the Civil Protection to take preventive measures to reduce the possibility that this atmospheric episode could produce, directly or indirectly, with regard to damage to people or materials.
This Friday afternoon a meeting will be held with those responsible for Civil Protection of the four western islands to review the measures to be implemented if it is necessary to activate the Emergency Plan (PEFMA). However, according to AEMET, if Leslie does touch the Canary Islands it will do so as a weakened tropical storm rather than a hurricane.