October 26, 2020

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Floods and blackouts in Greece caused by Hurricane Ianos | Abroad

Floods and blackouts in Greece caused by Hurricane Ianos | Abroad

During the storm, wind speeds of up to 117 kilometers per hour were measured. Several flights to the island of Kefalonia had to be rerouted because of the strong winds. Dozens of beach bars were destroyed and several yachts damaged in the ports of the resorts. Many trees were also knocked down. Authorities had not received any reports of victims by late afternoon on Friday.

The Coast Guard reported that off the coast of the western part of the Peloponnese peninsula, a ship carrying 55 migrants got into trouble because of bad weather. The boat was most likely on its way to Italy. The ships in the area tried to provide assistance, but the high waves and force 11 wind made it impossible to take passengers.

The coast guard hopes the migrant ship will drift towards land. That would make the rescue operation easier. According to the Greek state radio, the boat was still 18 kilometers from the coast on Friday afternoon and is actually moving towards the sandy beaches of the Ilia district.

Stay indoors

People near the storm area are advised not to go out. Schools were closed on Friday and there are no ferries to and from Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Ithaca. Meteorologists warned that Ianos, moving slowly along the west coast, could head inland for the next few hours. Serious damage can also be done there. An improvement in the weather is only expected in the night from Sunday to Monday.

In 2017, more than 20 people died in Greece from a serious “drug,” a storm depression that can develop towards the end of summer in the Mediterranean, where the water is still warm. Above the mainland, the force usually decreases rapidly.