A unusual, extremely efficient cyclone slammed into the western Ionian Islands of Greece and totally different components of the nation on Friday, bringing lashing rain, sturdy winds and flooding as a result of it tore into the shoreline.
Such storms — which some meteorologists identify Medicanes, or Mediterranean hurricanes — have been practically unheard-of sooner than the 1990s, nonetheless in current instances have develop right into a additional widespread incidence as a result of rising sea temperatures.
Greece issued its highest-level local weather alert with the landfall of the hurricane-strength storm, which is assumed regionally as Ianos and elsewhere throughout the space as Cassilda. Native authorities instructed the islands’ residents, and vacationers trapped there because of the cyclone, to remain indoors as a result of the storm launched winds of on the very least 75 miles per hour.
Movies posted to social media from the Greek islands current robust seas battering normally idyllic seashores and bushes bending with the stress of the wind as rain pummels the panorama.