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Power mostly restored on Ionian islands, Karditsa, says Power Operator

Power is mostly restored on the Ionian Islands and Karditsa, the areas hardest hit by the Medicane, hurricane, Greece’s Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DEDDIE) said on Tuesday evening.

The few remaining and remote areas still without power since Ianos hit over the weekend were being worked on, the operator added.

In a statement on Tuesday, DEDDIE said it had placed 830 staff on standby, including 130 specialized vehicles, after the National Meteorological Service announced that extreme weather was expected in western Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands, Central Greece and Attica. Crews that were stationed in areas not hit as hard as expected were moved to others, such as the islands of Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Ithaca in the Ionian Sea and the region of Karditsa in central Greece.

At the islands, the problems related to broken pillars and cut cables, as well as felled trees. To date, 97% of all power has been restored there, DEDDIE said.

In Karditsa, which experienced devastating destruction within the city and in farms, the problems included landslides and flooded networks. A total of 99% of all power has been restored, it said. Crews also had to pump water out of 114 underground substations put out of operation in Karditsa itself, and in this case the operator has been gradually replacing equipment out of fear the substations will have operational problems again in the near future.

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