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Better safe than sorry?
Bad weather ‘overreaction’ controversy
The decision to close all schools and the two universities in the Canaries on October 23 due to fears that bad weather might cause a major incident has once again ignited controversy over whether the authorities overreact in such situations.


Heavy rains led to special measures by the authorities
Heavy rains led to special measures by the authorities
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09.11.2015 - Hundreds of thousands of pupils and students were forced to stay at home after the closure was ordered at 9pm the previous night and many parents had to take time off work to look after their youngsters.  The expected stormy weather failed to materialise during the day of the closure and pictures of sunny scenes in many parts of the Canaries proved embarrassing for those who had ordered the drastic action, even if some rain did fall late in the evening.

According to some reports, the Department of Emergencies - the official body responsible for decreeing alerts - felt pressured into issuing the closure advice by various politicians at municipal and island level who did not want to face possible evacuation of schools and other buildings due to flash floods.

Despite the widespread criticism, the authorities have defended the closure decision and insisted it was taken on the basis of Met Office predictions of how the storm was likely to evolve.  The Canarian government has demanded explanations as to why the alert was issued only after the storms were well under way.



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