Authorities in Greece warn of extreme weather conditions starting on Thursday that have been given the name “Genesis.”
The Climate Crisis and Citizen Protection Ministry urges people to exercise great caution and avoid unnecessary movement outside when the storm is underway.
The public is advised to stay indoors and secure all doors and windows, moving to higher points inside their homes if torrents start to form.
People should on no account attempt to cross torrents, streams, or flooded roads whether on foot or in a vehicle for any reason.
It also urged that people take steps to secure loose objects that might get swept away and cause damage or injury while ensuring that their storm drains and gutters are unobstructed and working properly.
Work outdoors should be avoided because of the danger of lightning strikes and hail. In the case of hail, people are advised to seek shelter in a building or car until it stops. It should be noted that hail can also be dangerous for animals.
People are also advised to take precautions during intense electrical storms while in their homes, disconnecting their television sets from rooftop antennas and the power supply, avoiding the handling of telephones and electronic devices as the wiring can conduct electricity, and also avoiding plumbing fixtures, which also act as good conductors of electricity.
Weather system Genesis to bring storms, hail, and lightning in Greece
According to an Emergency Report of Dangerous Weather Phenomena released on Thursday by the national meteorological service, the low pressure front now over Italy is moving southeast and will affect western, central, and northern Greece from Thursday into Saturday with strong rain and storms accompanied by hail, lightning, and strong winds.
Genesis is forecast to affect mainly northern, central, and western Greece from Thursday, June 9th until Saturday night, June 11, 2022.
The northern Ionian islands, Epirus, western Sterea, Macedonia, and Thessaly will all be affected on Thursday, and Thrace will probably be affected by the weather front beginning on Thursday evening.
On Friday, June 10th, the worst affected areas will be: the Ionian Islands, Epirus, western Sterea, western Peloponnese (mainly Achaia and Ilia), Macedonia, Thrace, and the islands of the north Aegean Sea. Gradually, Thessaly, the Sporades islands, eastern Sterea, and northern Evia will also be affected.
On Saturday, June 11th, the weather system will hit central and eastern Macedonia, eastern Thessaly, the Sporades, Evia, Thrace, and the islands of the northern Aegean Sea, as well as the islands of the eastern Aegean and the Dodecanese.