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Western Greece hit by rare Mediterranean hurricane


The islands of Ithaca and Zakynthos have experienced power cuts and part of their roads have been cut off to traffic.

Floods, power cuts and torrential rains fell on Friday August 18 on the Ionian islands, hit by a rare "


", a Mediterranean hurricane, with gusts of up to 117km / h, according to Greek civil protection.


Trees are falling everywhere,

" Ionian Islands prefect Rodi Kratsa told state television.

But on these islands like Zante and Kefalonia, located to the west of Greece and to the east of Italy, no casualties are currently to be deplored, he added.

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The hurricane, dubbed Ianos, "is

expected to hit the west [of Greece] with the same intensity for another 6 to 9 hours, and then start to move south,

" Kratsa added.

Two Ryanair flights scheduled to land on the island of Kefalonia had to be rerouted to Athens, and sea connections to and to the island were cut off.

The islands of Ithaca and Zante also experienced power cuts and some of their roads were cut off to traffic, while Corfu and Lefkada were also affected, to a lesser extent, by bad weather.

A Swiss pleasure boat moored in Ithaca was washed away by the waves, but its two passengers were able to regain the coast, according to the Greek news agency ANA.

Another boat sank in the port of Zante, but its passengers - Belgians - are safe, Mr. Kratsa said.

Ianos is expected in the Peloponnese Peninsula later today.

Greece has already experienced a hurricane in 2018, which killed two people on the island of Evia.

Source: lefigaro

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