At least two people have lost their lives due to the floods in Greece. One man was found dead and hundreds of houses and roads were flooded in a the port city of Volos in Central Greece by Tuesday morning, following ten hours of thunderstorms in the wider region. Storms are expected to persist for another 24 hours.
The elderly man, a shepherd, died when a wall fell on him due to the pressure from the huge quantity of water in the wider region of Ano Volos while trying to reach the area where his sheep were.
The second victim was an 87-year-old woman, who had been missing since Tuesday from the Paltsi region of Magnesia. The elderly woman was found among a pile of wood.
The wider region of Magnesia saw a heavy storm overnight which lasted for over ten hours, and the phenomena are expected to continue until Wednesday.
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According to information, the power supply in Volos faces periodic interruptions. Thunder fell incessantly from Monday midnight until 9 am on Tuesday.
Hundreds of drivers were trapped in their cars. Vertical roads brought down huge amounts of rainwater from Mount Pelion that the drainage system could not absorb.
Authorities were also very concerned about the rising water levels of the 12-kilometer Krafsidonas stream, which collects water from Pelion and crosses several districts of Volos before ending up on the west side of the port and the Pagasetic Gulf.
On Tuesday morning, the water levels had risen by three meters, placing the adjacent district of Agioi Anargyri at risk.
Flooding was also reported in the villages of Agria, Portaria, Tsangarada, and Stagiates.
The nearby Sporades islands, in particular the island of Skiathos, have also been hit by flooding.
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The weather front has been battering parts of Greece with heavy rain and thunderstorms since Monday. This is expected to last until Wednesday.
The National Observatory of Athens said the regions of Thessalia, Sporades, Central and Eastern Sterea Ellada, North Evia, and the Peloponnese will be most affected by rain.
Which regions in Greece will be affected by heavy rain and thunderstorms
Forecasts say that on Wednesday heavy rains and storms are forecast:
in Thessaly, the Sporades, Central and Eastern Sterea (mainly in the prefectures of Evrytania, Fthiotida, and Boeotia), Evia (mainly in the north), Eastern and Southern Peloponnese, and at times in Western and Southern Crete.
It is pointed out that, in the evening, the phenomena will weaken except for the regions of Thessaly, Sporades, and Northern Evia, where they will continue until the morning hours of Thursday.
Strong northeasterly winds of 7 to 8 Beaufort will blow in the Northern Aegean from Monday to Tuesday evening, while the temperature will drop noticeably by 6 to 8 degrees Celsius mainly in the Ionian and continental areas.