A powerful rainstorm broke out short after 01:30 Sunday afternoon and flooded again the streets in West and North suburbs of Greek capital Athens. Metro stations
<Nomismatokopio> was evacuated and closed due to repeated power outages.
According to latest media information, Metro trains go thought both stations but do not halt.
The Fire Service received more than 220 calls to rescue people and pump waters.
The storm was of short duration, however the water volume was immense and flooded main roads as well as streets, homes and businesses in Maroussi, Kifissia, Halkidona, Perissos, Psychiko, Galatsi, Vyronas, Kolonos and downtown Athens.
Power outages occurred in Kamatero, Melissia and Kokkinos Mylos. The problem was quickly fixed and when power returned dozens of alarm systems went on.
Motorists were caught by surprise to see their vehicles sinking in streams of rushing waters.
Ambelokipoi district of Athens
The Civil Protection and the Regional Government issued warnings via social media urging people to avoid unnecessary movements outside their homes.
Near the station of Perissos in West Athens.
So far there are no report about human injuries or casualties.
The day started with a beautiful sunshine and pleasant summer temperatures and many moved to the beaches for a usual Sunday in July.
A Storm "curtain" as it moves covering Athens, from the south to the north. It covered Athens completely and poured lots of rain 2' mins after the photo. #Greece #Athens #storm #stormhour #yannislarios pic.twitter.com/Cvq4RIMkR3
— Yannis Larios (@larios) July 29, 2018
In some areas, sunbathers and swimmers quickly packed their things when the saw the storm coming and quickly also returned to the wet sand when the storm was over.
— ασ´ τον τρελο…. (@GiannisRoussel) July 29, 2018
Soon the storm was over and the sun came out again.
Some roads remain closed to traffic as the Fire Service still struggles to pump rainwater.
What a strange weather this summer in #Athens. After #fires so much #rain. Experts say rain is a direct consequence of the fires. Think about the location of #Attica as peninsula and humidity as combination of heat and water. Currently, electricity black out in parts of #Athens pic.twitter.com/2oJbbhUgeW
— Alexander Wojda (@AlexanderWojda) July 29, 2018
Two hours later, it looks as if another storm is brewing in the South-West of Athens and the broader the Attica Prefecture.
According to latest weather forecast rain- and thunderstorm is expected also later on Sunday.
Check weather forecast until July 30th 2018 here.
ΒΤW There is also this picture posted by @meteo.gr (which is a serious weather website. The picture is allegedly from outside Sotiria Hospital in North Athens.
But as there is a small weird object on the left pretty much looking like a …shark tail I am not sure the picture is not photo-shopped.