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.
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