Canary Islands hit by Saharan sandstorm

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    (Image via BBC News)

    A vast sandstorm from the Sahara has shrouded Spain’s Canary Islands.

    According to the BBC, airport operator Aena cancelled, suspended or diverted all flights to and from the islands at the weekend, citing low visibility.

    Operations have since resumed at all airports except Tenerife South.

    The regional government has also issued an alert, advising people to stay indoors and avoid travel.

    Strong winds have carried a dense cloud of sand from the Saharan desert, some 500km across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Spain’s national weather service had also forecast winds of up to 120km/h in the Canaries until Monday.

    (Image via Google Maps)