Reuters — While Crete escaped unscathed from the severe storm that was predicted to hit the island over the weekend, the rest of the country was not so lucky. Swirling winds and torrential rain brought flash floods to parts of Greece on Saturday as the type of storm known as a “Medicane” which can develop in certain conditions over the Mediterranean Sea hit the country.
“The Peloponnese is holding on despite the impact and the side effects of this extreme weather phenomenon,” said regional governor Petros Tatoulis, adding that homes, fields and state infrastructure had suffered damage.
The civil protection service has urged municipalities to be on the alert and called on citizens to take precautions.
Authorities were also concerned that the tropical storm could bring mudslides and floods in the wider Athens area, which was recently hit by deadly fires and flash floods.
Parts of the national road leading to those areas were blocked by police in advance.
On Sunday the storm is expected to hit Evia and the Sporades islands on the eastern Aegean coast before turning northeast.