CrazyC83 wrote:A curiosity on warnings: can TC watches or warnings be issued for the Canary Islands, Madeira or the African mainland if something develops and recurves instantly?
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2005/pub/al282005.public.019.shtml? - the closest we've seen to a tropical storm threatening the Canary Islands was Tropical Storm Delta in November 2005. Extratropical transition was expected, which was the same rationale that no hurricane warnings were posted during Hurricane Sandy. I believe that policy has been changed. No other storms have recurved toward northwest Africa or Madeira. I believe it would be similar to Canada's policy before 2003, when Environment Canada would issue hurricane-force wind warning, but not explicit hurricane warnings. Sidenote: they changed their policy after Hurricane Juan in 2003. Areas that seldom get tropical cyclones have different warnings that handle traditional TC watches and warnings in the hurricane zone, but as the tropics expand, areas will have to adapt.
More on-topic (and specifically about Cabo Verde's TC history), Hurricane Fred in 2015 caused the first hurricane warnings in Cabo Verde's history, plus 2 deaths and $2.5 million in damage. Igor in 2010 produced TS-force winds in Cabo Verde before becoming a borderline C5 in the open Atlantic. Tropical Storm Fran in 1984 killed 31 people, and Tropical Storm Beryl in 1982 killed 3 people in the nation, but I don't believe either produced TS-force winds in the archipelago. Hurricane Debbie passed through the island group as a borderline TS/minimal hurricane, causing a plane crash that killed 60 people.
There are 539,560 people in this country, so I hope they are ready for some rough weather coming their way!