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News / International

18 Sep. 2020 / 18:32

Hurricane-like storm in the Mediterranean, makes landfall in Greece

A rare Mediterranean hurricane -- otherwise known as a "medicane" -- has made landfall over Western Greece, CNN reports.

The storm, named Ianos, hit Lefkada Island on Friday morning, according to the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, and is expected to impact mainland Greece and the Peloponnese peninsula later.

Ianos was traveling with sustained winds of 100 kph (62 mph) just before landfall, making it the equivalent of a strong tropical storm in the Atlantic.

So far there have been no reports of injuries or deaths, but the medicane has caused property damage and some Greek islands have been hit by flooding and power cuts, local media reported.

It is now expected to track southeast, bringing high winds and heavy rainfall. Widespread totals of 150-250mm of rain are possible over the next 48 hours, with some local areas seeing up to 500 mm.

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