Cyclone Athena, which came to Greece from the west, marked itself with rains and storms that swept the Ionian Sea region and created problems in many parts of the country.
So far, damage has been recorded in Epirus, Corfu, Paxos, Kefalonia and Larissa. A stormy wind brought down the centuries-old trees in the center of Thessaloniki.
Karitsa and Larisa without electricity
In the area of Larissa, as a result of bad weather, roads were flooded. A reader of larissanet.gr reported that in Karitsa, municipality of Agia, the weather events were extremely intense and continued throughout the night. There is no electricity in the village since 4 am.
Damage in Corfu
Bad weather “Athena” hit the island of Corfu (Kerkyra), as a result of which the main roads turned into seething rivers, and the courtyards of houses were flooded.
The fire brigade received three calls asking for help for vehicles that stopped on the roads due to heavy rain, and a total of 130 calls were received. According to corfutvnews, rescuers went to the rescue in 37 cases, mainly in connection with the felling of fallen trees, pumping water and removing objects.
It was reported that it was necessary to intervene to remove a tree that was uprooted by strong winds and blocked the Pelekas provincial road at the crossroads in Kalafationes. In fact, the tree fell onto the HEDNO cables, causing power supply problems.
At the same time, a tree fell on the roof of the courtyard of the 6th Primary School of Corfu, causing material damage. The wind is blowing with such force that it lifted the life tower located on the Ipsos beach into the air and threw it on the transport. The streets of Corfu have turned into rivers. More than 120 mm of precipitation fell on Corfu and Epirus in 18 hours.
Ships are stuck in Kefalonia and Zakynthos
Bad weather and a southwest wind of 8 on the Beaufort scale, local gusts of up to 9, prevented sailboats and catamarans from continuing their journey, and they remained moored in the port of Argostoli. On the roads, drivers driving between Karuza and Musata should be careful as a landslide has occurred.
In Zakynthos, according to the website zantetimes.gr, after Neratzules in an area that burned in the summer, about 1 km before the landfill, there was a landslide with stones, mud and debris. Materials were spread along the entire municipal road, as a result of which the carriageway was blocked and there is a danger of road accidents. The road is cleared by Zakynthos civil defense vehicles.
There were heavy rains on Paxos, but fortunately there were no particular problems.
Trees fell in Thessaloniki
In total, six places were recorded where trees fell due to strong winds in Thessaloniki. At dawn, fire brigades were called to remove the trunks. These are the streets of Yasonidou, Panagia Faneromeni, leading to Filippio, Agios Dimitrios, Dodecanese and Katsimidis. Three trees fell on the vehicles without causing any injury, except for property damage to the vehicles.
According to the information, a total of 12 firefighters in six vehicles immediately set to work and removed the fallen trees.
Where cyclone Athena will hit today: strong phenomena in the west of the country
According to forecasts from the National Observatory of Athens / meteo.gr, local heavy rains and thunderstorms lasted until Thursday afternoon, mainly in the western and northwestern parts of the country. By 18:00 in the afternoon, the level of precipitation exceeded 120 mm and was recorded at meteorological stations located in Gouvia, Corfu and Theodoriana, Arta.
The satellite image that follows shows the bad weather Athens clouds and contains a table with 8 higher rainfall levels until 6:00 pm Thursday afternoon.