One man has died and another one is missing in Volos, central Greece, a region heavily hit by storm weather “Daniel” that has been bombarding the area with torrential rainfalls since Monday night.
By Tuesday morning the bad weather deteriorated further as large amounts of water from the continuous rain create very dangerous conditions.
Non-stop lightning has been shaking the area since late Monday, turning night into day. Over 12,000 lightnings have been recorded.
*** Greek Police imposed a traffic ban in the city of Volos and the wider area of the capital of Magnesia, from 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and until further instructions.
A meteorologists forecast to ERT TV that the torrential rainfalls in the area will last until Thursday morning, September 7, 2023.
Στο όριο υπερχείλισης ο χείμαρρος Ξηριάς στη Νέα Ιωνία Βόλου. Στο ίδιο σημείο εκδηλώθηκαν 2 πυρκαγιές πριν λίγες ημέρες..
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— meteo.gr – Ο καιρός (@meteogr) September 5, 2023
The impact of “Daniel” is currently recorded in Magnisia Prefecture and the Sporades islands in Central Greece, while other regions hit by the bad weather are Larissa, Thessaloniki and Fthiotida.
Through a 112 message sent to all mobile phones, Greek Police stated that “by order of the Greek Police, traffic is prohibited in the wider area of the city of Volos due to the development of dangerous weather phenomena”.
The bad weather has worsened and the ongoing severe storm has become more intense since 10:30 a.m., while visibility has been reduced to a minimum, state-run news agency amna reported short after 11 a.m.
At 1 0′ clock noon, Police impposed a traffic ban also on the island of Skiathos due to dangerous weather phenomena.
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— 112 Greece (@112Greece) September 5, 2023
Breeder dead, another one missing
A 50-year-old man was hit by a collapsing wall of a barn and died on the spot when he went to check for his animals on Tuesday morning.
Another breeder has been reported as missing.
There are fears that the 42-year-old’s car he was swept away by rushing waters, when he also went to check his livestock.
A search operation is underway to locate the man.
Both men were from Agios Georgios area.
Volos under water
Large parts of the city of Volos are under water, homes and businesses have been flooded and roads have turned into angry rivers. A reporter of state broadcaster ERT said that in some areas the water was 1 meter high.
The Fire Service has received dozens of calls for water pumping in Volos, Pelion and Neapoli. The concern is great, as this area was burnt in the July fires.
Strong firefighters forces from Larissa, Karditsa and Trikala are arriving in Volos to reinforce the already large forces of Volos with both personnel and vehicles of the Fire Service.
There have been more than 150 pumps of water from houses and basements that were flooded by 10.30 in the morning.
Motorists have been trapped in their cars even inside the city of Volos and despite the fact that authorities have been warning residents of the bad weather urging them to stay at home and limit their movements unless necessary.
Video: Volos mayor Mpeos was filmed with his legs in the water to call on motorists – probably going to work – “Where are you going?”
Flooded has been also the basement of the public hospital of Volos. The president of hospital workers told ERT TV that flooded was the area where chemotherapy drugs are being stored, and that some patients at the chemo ward could be possibly evacuated,
The Hellenic Train has suspended the Larissa-Volos schedules and there are no plans to replace trains with buses.
— Ταβερνιάρης ο X (ιξ) (@le_tavernier1) September 5, 2023
In the municipality of South Pelion, power poles have been damaged, there are power outages in some areas and thus for several hours.
Cars have been swept away by the waters, while the rural network has been destroyed.
110 residents and tourists are being trapped in Agiios Ioannis, Pelion, as the road was cut into two.
Power outages were also recorded in Skopelos and Alonissos due to the intense weather.
There is great concern about the Krausidonas river which is located on its borders.
It crosses densely populated districts in Volos for several kilometers and the height of the water already exceeds 3 meters.
— Αριστείδης Καρατζογλου (@Akaratzoglu) September 5, 2023