Heavy rain triggers flooding in central Greece, 1 person dies. The police order a traffic ban

Police ordered vehicles off the streets of three regions of Greece on Tuesday as a violent storm battered the country’s center and some of its islands, turning streets into flooded streams and sweeping cars into the sea

ByAssociated Press

5 September 2023, at 05.09

Greece extreme weather

Flooding covers a car and the yards of houses in the village of Milina, Pelion region, central Greece, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. Greek police have ordered vehicles off the streets of the central city of Volos and the nearby mountain region of Pilion as a severe storm has hit the area and turned streets into flooded streams. (Thanasis Kalliaras/Eurokinissi via AP)

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — Police ordered vehicles off the streets in three regions i Greece Tuesday, when a severe storm pounded the center of the country and some of its islands, turning streets into flooded streams.

Traffic was banned in the central city of Volos, the nearby mountain region of Pelion and on the island of Skiathos until the storm subsides, police said.

Fire officials said one man was killed in Volos when a wall buckled and fell on him, while another man was reported missing, believed to have been swept away by floods.

Authorities also sent alerts to cellphones in several other areas of central Greece, the Sporades island chain and the island of Evia, warning people to limit their outdoor movements because of the storm.

Local media reported that torrential downpours caused streams to break their banks, turning roads into rivers and sweeping cars into the sea in the Pilion area.

Greece’s weather service said the Pelion region was expected to receive about 650 to 700 millimeters (25.5 to 27.5 inches) of rain during Tuesday and Wednesday, while 550-600 millimeters was forecast for the central town of Karditsa.

The weather service noted that the average annual rainfall in the capital of the Athens region is around 400 millimeters.

The storm was predicted to cause heavy rainfall and storms, accompanied by hail, thunder and strong winds in the Aegean Sea.

The extreme weather comes on the heels of large wildfires that have hit Greece over the past few weeks, with some burning for more than two weeks and destroying large areas of forest and farmland. More than 20 people were killed in the fires.

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