The bad weather has arrived as expected and already causing great problems.
The airport is suffering with the TAP Porto and Easyjet Lisbon returning back to mainland, Easyjet Geneva has just aborted after holding for a while, and seems o be heading for mainland Portugal now. The only flight that did manage to land was the Aerovip from Porto Santo at 8.54 this morning. The wind is expected to increase slightly as the day goes on, so I think it will be a repeat of last Wednesday, with the airport staying out of bounds for much of the day.
Lots of reports of fallen trees as well today blocking roads in Choupana Funchal and Cancela industial zone in Caniço. Volunteer firefights say they are having one of the busiest mornings.