MADRID – Spanish authorities said Sunday that they have closed airports on the Canary Islands because of a windstorm that is blinding the archipelago with sand and dust.
Spain’s airport authorities said that incoming planes have been rerouted to other destinations and no flights are being allowed to leave airports on the islands’ airports.
The regional government for the Canary Islands says wind gusts could reach around 75 mph. Authorities closed schools Monday.
Television images show palm trees whipping in the wind amid a thick yellow haze enveloping the islands.
The storm phenomenon, locally known as “calima,” is capable of lifting up clouds of sand and dust from the Sahara desert and transporting them across the 59 miles separating the islands from the African coast.
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