One of the strongest hailstorms on record hits Athens, Greece

One of the strongest hailstorms on record hits Athens, Greece

Heavy rainfall and sudden intense hailstorm hit Greek capital Athens and its suburbs on April 15, 2019, causing serious traffic disruption and power outages. It was described as one of the most intense hailstorms Athens has ever seen.

Hailstorm lasted less than 15 minutes, but huge amounts of ice it left caused serious traffic jams in most of the city's central avenues, according to the Greek Reporter.

The intensity of the phenomenon surprised motorists during the afternoon rush hour. 

Several suburbs were left without electricity, leaving many residents trapped in elevators. Outages were reported in East Athens and Piraeus like Korydallos, Peristeri, Petroupoli, Kamatero and in Nikaia, Keratsini, Renti.

Hail was also reported around Athens, most notably in Ilioupoli, Palaio Faliro, Nea Smyrni, Pangrati and Agios Dimitrios as well as other parts of the country.

Bad weather is expected to continue in many parts of the country in the days ahead, especially in the country's north.

Featured image credit: AthCorner


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