Authorities in Greece issued a weather warning on Monday after the weather system “Bogdan,” which could develop into a Medicane, moved from Italy to the western part of the country.
The National Meteorological Service (EMY) issued an emergency bulletin, according to which heavy rains and storms, which will be accompanied by lots of lightning, hail, and especially strong winds will affect Greece.
Bogdan may develop into a Medicane over Greece
Dubbed Bogdan by Italian meteorologists, the weather front may develop into a “Medicane” with tropical, cyclone-like properties over the course of Tuesday, forecasts have indicated.
Medicane is a Mediterranean tropical-like cyclone. On a few rare occasions, some storms have reached the strength of a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale, and one storm reached Category 2 intensity.
EMY’s warning was directed in particular at the islands of the Ionian Sea, which have sustained significant damage in similar weather events in the past, and at the western Peloponnese and western mainland, including Epirus.
This means that residents and visitors in these areas are advised to stay indoors during the peak of the storm and to secure objects that may become a hazard. People in these areas should also refrain from going to the beach and from sailing. Activities that might potentially become life-threatening under storm conditions should generally be avoided.
Macedonia, Thessaly, Thrace, and the northern Aegean islands should also expect heavy rainfall, Meteo warned, adding that the wet and windy weather is expected to ease by Wednesday.
In September 2020, Medicane “Ianos” lashed the Greek Ionian Islands causing floods and blackouts.
Kefalonia residents saw the streets in some villages turn to rivers while floods caused damage throughout the area. The coastal zone of Argostoli turned into a lake. On Ithaca, strong gusts of wind even reached ten points on the Beaufort scale (fifty-nine miles per hour). Anchored boats in the harbor were swept away.
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