Extreme Weather in Greece on September 30 2018 05:18 AM (UTC).
A rare and powerful Mediterranean storm has brought torrential rain to southern Greece, reaching the capital Athens. Civil protection services remained on alert across most of the country despite word that the turbulent weather had lost force as it moved east. In Athens, roads were flooded and traffic was disrupted near the city center, as well as in coastal suburbs south of the city. The fire service said it had fielded more than 100 calls for flooded homes and to remove fallen trees. Earlier, high winds were reported as the storm moved past the south-western tip of the Peloponnese. It then lashed the north-eastern part of the peninsula on its way to Athens. People were evacuated from the eastern Peloponnese seaside village of Nea Kios, which was partially flooded and without electricity. Elsewhere in the Peloponnese region, rivers overflowed and some damage was reported. The powerful storm - which was called Zorba locally - is expected to move towards islands in the Aegean Sea and along Turkey's coast. All ferry services from mainland ports near Athens were canceled. On the island of Lesbos, authorities have requested buses to be ready to move refugees from the overcrowded Moria camp, especially those living in tents, as the storm was expected to reach the island on Sunday morning.