Flooding and waterspout outbreak hit southern Greece after heavy rains struck the islands on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Several people were trapped in floodwaters but were successfully rescued. No injuries were reported.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Crete's capital Heraklion recorded 138.1 mm (5.4 inches) in a 24-hour period, while Karpathos in the Dodecanese registered 244 mm (9.6 inches).
The Greek Fire Service responded to 18 incidents of flooding and rescued several people trapped in floodwaters, including three people who were stuck in their vehicles in areas around Heraklion.
Flooding hit 30 points in the area of Nea Alikarnassos, where firefighters had to pump water from roads.
"There will be a very big problem and the citizens must stay in their homes so that we do not have some tragic development," said George Tsikalas, the commander of the Fire Service of Heraklion, as he urged residents to remain indoors in such events.
Just past noon on Wednesday, a waterspout outbreak occurred and was visible in Santorini, Rhodes, and Naxos. The water tornadoes formed offshore of the islands, startling nearby residents and witnesses.
In Naxos, the waterspout disappeared off the toward Paros. In Rhoades, the twisters were spotted in the areas of Afandou and Panagia Tsambikas.
Featured image credit: Dimitris Gramatikakis/Forecast Weather Greece
If you value what we do here, open your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!