Greece’s National Meteorology Service (EMY) warns of continuation of gale winds on the the county’s mainland and especially the seas whre are expected to reach locally up to 10 Beuafort. In a statement issued at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the EMY forecasts of winds blowing with intensity of up to 10 Beaufort in the following regions:
- North and South Ionian Sea: 8-9 B
- Patras and Gulf of Corinth: 7-8 B
- Kythira Sea: 8-9 B
- South-West Cretan Sea (West): up to 8 B
- South-East Cretan Sea (East, incl Ierapetra) 9-10 B
- South Aegean Sea, south Dodecanese incl Kastelorizo, Rhodes Samos: 8-9 B
- Saronic Gulf, Evia: 7-8 B
- Central, North and East Aegean: 8-9 B
EMY forecasts improvement of wind conditions as of Thursday evening.
The gale winds raging across Greece as of Wednesday night have reached speed of 3-digits in some areas. The highest wind speed was recorded in Finokalia/Lasithi, Crete with 132 km/h followed by Mikri Vigla, Naxos with 124 km/h.
The winds cause extended damages on land and have disrupted sea traffic with coast authorities to have halted departures form many ports in the morning.
One passenger ferry broke away from mooring at the port of Piraeus, and two others from the port of Elefsina in Attica.
Tug boats managed to stop the two ferries in time, local media report.
Falling trees were the main feature of the weather phenomenon. Authorities closed to traffic part of Trikala-Larissa national road due to a fallen tree.
Trees have fallen on power columns leaving several households and businesses without electricity on Corfu for several hours.
Same is the situation in several areas on the island of Crete, where many greenhouses have been reportedly damaged.
The beach of Falasarna.
Fallen tree in the yard of public hospital in Larissa.
The Fire Service has received more than 200 calls mainly to cut or remove trees.
Power cuts were recorded also in Gerakas area of North-West Attica and the center of Thessaloniki in the morning.