Greece Braces for Continued Storms and Rains, Urges Caution for Citizens

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Authorities urge citizens to take precautions as bad weather affects various regions in Greece.

Since Sunday evening, Greece has been experiencing severe weather conditions, with rains and storms expected to continue impacting specific areas today.

Focus Areas:

  • Central and western Macedonia
  • Thessaly
  • Central and Eastern Sterea
  • Peloponnese
  • Central and southern Aegean

Weakening of Phenomena:

  • While rains and storms are expected to continue in Attica, they will weaken significantly from the afternoon onwards.
  • The intensity of the phenomena in the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Crete is expected to remain strong in some areas and may involve significant amounts of rain and hail.

Additional Information:

  • Saharan dust transport may cause mud showers in certain areas.
  • Southerly winds, reaching 7-8 Beaufort in the central and southern seas, will gradually weaken afternoon, not exceeding 6-7 Beaufort.
  • The weather phenomena are expected to gradually weaken starting this afternoon, except in the Cyclades, Crete, and the Dodecanese.
  • According to the National Observatory of Athens, this weather event is classified as "Significant" (Category 3) on their Regional Precipitation Index.

Highest recorded rainfall levels:

  • Pezoula of Karditsa (42 millimeters)
  • Sparta (41 millimeters)
  • Rizomata of Imathia (40 millimeters)
  • Dion of Pieria (38 millimeters)
  • Gythio (38 millimeters)
  • Molaus of Laconia (38 millimeters)

Recommendations for Citizens:

The General Secretariat of Civil Protection urges citizens to be particularly cautious and take precautionary measures against the risks associated with severe weather. This includes:

  • Securing objects that could cause damage or injury if swept away by strong winds.
  • Ensuring proper functioning of gutters and downspouts on houses.
  • Avoiding crossing flooded streams or rivers, either on foot or by vehicle, during and after storms.
  • Refraining from outdoor activities in coastal areas during severe weather events (lightning risk).
  • Seeking immediate shelter during hailstorms, preferably in a building or car, until the storm passes.
  • Avoiding areas under large trees, unsecured signs, or balconies where falling objects could pose a threat.
  • Following instructions from local authorities, including traffic advisories.
  • Monitoring the EL.AS website (https://www.astynomia.gr/road-traffic-police/?lang=en) for updates on road closures due to flooding.
  • Visiting the website of the General Secretariat of Civil Protection (civilprotection.gov.gr) for further information and self-protection guidance.

Please stay informed and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety during this weather event.

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