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Cyclone Ianos: Rare Mediterranean hurricane sweeps Greece, 3 dead

Three people died  after a rare hurricane-like storm swept across Greece, flooding streets and homes and cutting power.

At least two people remain missing

Hundreds of people became trapped as Cyclone Ianos, known as a “medicane” – Mediterranean hurricane – hit areas north of Athens before heading south.




As Ianos churned eastwards overnight Friday and into Saturday, the city of Karditsa was lashed by winds of up to 120kph that brought down power lines and triggered landslides.

Train services linking the north and south of the country were cut off.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged that “all the affected areas will have immediate support”.



About 5,000 homes in the city were reportedly affected by flooding, while roads were also damaged.

A boat believed to be carrying 55 migrants off the western Peloponnese was also reported to be in distress on Friday. However, the Greek coast guard told AFP news agency that the boat may have changed course after receiving no help.

Medicanes – tropical-like cyclones – have only been categorised by meteorologists in the past 40 years, according to Kostas Lagouvardos, an expert at the Athens Observatory.

“Mediterranean cyclones or hurricanes have tropical characteristics like those in the Atlantic, but they often have a smaller volume and are less intense,” he told AFP news agency.

Location: Asos, Kefalonia, Greece (Image: Twitter Jack_T_92)
Location: Asos, Kefalonia, Greece (Image: Twitter Jack_T_92)
Location: Asos, Kefalonia, Greece (Image: Twitter Jack_T_92)