ATHENS – Medicane hits Greece

The extremely rare phenomenon Medicane (short for Mediterranean hurricane), which in this case has been named ‘Ianos’, hit the islands of Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos on Thursday (17 September) as it approached the Ionian sea. Today, Western Greece, Peloponnese and the capital city of Athens are expected to be hit.

While Civil Protection has issued movement restrictions on some islands, heavy trucks, trailer trucks and buses have been banned from using the national highway in western Greece.

Weather forecasts today are predicting the winds to reach hurricane-force Category 1 strength and forceful winds that could exceed 200 km/h. On top of that, huge amounts of rainfall could also lead to dangerous flash floods.

(Theodore Karaoulanis |

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