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Snowbound Regions of Greece Face Power Outages

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Heavy snow has hit Greece, and may cause power outages. Credit: Greek Reporter

The heavy snowfall in Greece brought about by the storm “Elpis” may cause power outages across regions that have been hit with dense snow.

Many regions in Attica, where the city of Athens is located, Evia, and Crete are facing potential power outages due to the snow.

Heavy snow causes power outages in Greece

According to the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, there have been reports of power outages in the areas of Pallini and Anthousa in Attica, and in the areas surrounding Mt. Pelion in central Greece.

The city of Chania, on Crete, and the towns surrounding the city have faced a number of power outages on Monday as well.

The Greek islands have been are covered in snow since Sunday in a once-in-a-lifetime weather event. Locals say that the last time this amount of snow fell on the Cyclades was decades ago.

Syros, Naxos, Tinos, Andros, Mykonos, Santorini, and the other islands of the Cyclades are covered in a white veil of snow as the storm “Elpis” hits Greece, including the mainland.

The heavy snowfall has caused many problems in the islands that lack the infrastructure to cope with such weather events. There have been many reports of power outages across the islands, particularly the Cyclades.

Schools closed

A 112 emergency alert was sent to residents in Attica on Monday morning to warn them of extremely heavy snowfall in the region over the coming hours, calling on them to avoid all non-essential travel and follow the instructions of the authorities.

The Hellenic Police on Monday advised Attica residents, and especially those in the northern suburbs, to avoid traveling around unnecessarily due to the heavy snow falling in the region, as well as in other parts of the country experiencing severe weather conditions.

The Hellenic Parliament suspended its operations on Monday, due to the extreme weather conditions in the Attica region. Public-sector staff were sent home at noon on Monday, after the Interior Ministry issued a circular permitting them to leave early due to the bad weather and heavy snow.

The health ministry announced that COVID-19 vaccination centers in the wider Athens region of Attica and on the nearby island of Evia would shut at 3 p.m. Monday and would remain closed on Tuesday because of the heavy snowfall. Appointments that had been arranged for Monday afternoon and for Tuesday would be rescheduled.

Schools of all levels of education will remain closed throughout Attica on Monday and Tuesday, January 24-25.

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