Gale force winds disrupt ferry services to all islands

Gale force winds predicted for parts of Greece, with gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour, have prompted authorities to halt ferry services to all islands including all services to Crete.

Storm  Xenofon sent temperatures tumbling from nearly 30 degrees Celsius on Monday to 18 degrees on Wednesday, while the first snowfall was reported in Mount Olympus, Greece’s highest mountain.

Schools on the islands of Andros, Mykonos and Tinos are staying closed Thursday amid severe weather warnings.

Meteorologists warned the wind could reach 12 Beaufort (hurricane level) in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece in the coming days.

The gales also halted efforts to ease overcrowding at the migrant ‘hot spot’ Morias on the island of Lesbos after ferry services to the mainland were cancelled.