At least two killed in hurricane-like storm hammering central Greece

AT least two people have been killed in a hurricane-like storm which has hammered central Greece.

Cyclone Ianos caused flooding and power cuts and brought down trees on the western Peloponnese and the Ionian islands on Friday, hitting the holiday islands Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Ithaca especially hard.

CREDIT: Maureen Doniger

As these images exclusive to the Euro Weekly News show, the violent storm produced huge waves, which turned the waters lapping idyllic picture-postcard bays in Kefalonia a dirty brown. Streets became fast-flowing torrents of muddy water, fallen trees blocked roads and there were major problems with telecommunications on the islands.

CREDIT: Maureen Doniger
CREDIT: Maureen Doniger

Flights and ferry services were cancelled, and tourists were told it would be better to keep inside.

The torrential rains and winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour then turned eastwards on Friday night and pummeled the areas in and around the cities of Karditsa in western Thessaly and Farsala in the south of the region, turning farmland into lakes.

Ianos also cut train services connecting northern and southern Greece.

CREDIT: Maureen Doniger

Greek press reported that one of the storm’s victims was an elderly woman whose body was recovered from a flooded property near Farsala.

The second confirmed victim was a 63-year old man in Karditsa. Reports say he got swept away by a torrent of water.

Another woman believed to have been driving in the town of Mouzaki near Karditsa is missing.

A fourth person is also unaccounted for.

These kinds of cyclones in the Mediterranean, known as “Medicanes”, are unusual, but have become more common in Greece in the last few years.

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