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Severe sandstorm in Ourika, Morocco #Sandstorm #Ourika #Morocco #Africa

Canaries flights suspended as Saharan sand blankets islands #Sandstorm #CanaryIslands #GranCanaria #Fuerteventura #Lanzarote #Spain

Sandstorm Alert

Spain’s airport operator AENA suspended all flights in and out of Gran Canaria and all flights leaving Tenerife on Saturday evening after a storm carrying clouds of red sand from the Sahara hit the Canaries and severely reduced visibility.

At least 19 flights to Gran Canaria were diverted, a spokeswoman for AENA said. She did not specify which airlines had been affected.

Budget carrier Vueling, a subsidiary of IAG, said some of its services had been hit and advised passengers to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

Spain’s national weather service warned that winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph) are set to buffet the Canaries until Monday. Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are likely to be the worst hit, the weather service said.

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High Winds Whip Up #Sandstorm At #Thurso beach, #Scotland

Sandstorm Alert

Witnesses have spoken of a “sand storm” being created near Thurso beach as high winds hit much of Scotland.

Police have warned of dangerous driving conditions during gale force winds.

Courtesy of BBC News