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Storm strikes Athens, causes flash floods on Corfu, Kefalonia

The storm that hit Attica in early morning Tuesday caused unprecedented damages in several suburbs of the Greek capital. Mostly affected was Neo Heraklio in north-western Athens, where heavy rainfall and powerful winds uprooted dozens of trees and power columns, and broke even windows in houses and other buildings.

Three people were injured.

Residents report that a phenomenon resembling a tornado, accompanied by heavy rainfall and thunder, took place short before 6 o’ clock in the morning. The phenomenon lasted less than five minutes.

Local authorities estimate that a total of 200 trees were brought down.

The winds tore awnings, dismantled signal boards and other objects, swept away tiles from roof tops. Some houses were  flooded.

A tree fell on the train track between stations <Neo Heraklio> and <Eirini>, with the effect that traffic of urban train ISAP is being disturbed.

According to mayor of New Heraklio, Nikos Babalos, two school buildings have minor problems.

Affected were also the suburbs of Nea Ionia, Peristeri, Egaleo, Galatsi also in western Athens.

Fire fighters and municipality teams are working to remove the damages.

Power outages

The heavy rainfall on Tuesday morning caused power outages in areas of the suburbs Alimos, Argyroupolis, Neo Heraklio and Alsoupolis. According to power operator, the damages are expected to be restored soon.

Problems in Athens

The Fire Service of Attica received over 125 calls for assistance, 27 of them were to pump water from flooded homes and businesses.

Corfu, Kefalonia, Western Greece

The bad weather front struck the Ionian islands first on Monday evening. Torrential rainfall flooded large areas on the islands of Corfu and Kefalonia.

It took about ten minutes of rainfall to flood the capital of Kefalonia, Argostoli, local media report.

The storm that hit Corfu quickly turned streets and roads into rivers and squares into lakes.

via startmediacorfu

Hail on the island of Paxos

The bad weather also hit Preveza and Arta, while intense weather phenomena occurred in the western Peloponnese and Patras.

The stormy weather has been forecast to last until late Tuesday, October 13. The bad weather front is quickly moving to the  East and South. Meteorological services have issued a warning and so did the Greek Civil Protection that has been warning citizens living in a dozen regions, including islands in the Aegean Sea.

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