Updated: 10/1/2018 5:24:00 AM
Turkish authorities have banned boats from leaving two western Turkish ports on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 ahead of the expected landfall of Medicane, which was predicted to become the first hurricane in Turkey’s modern history.
Locals living on Turkish coasts from the provinces of İzmir to Antalya are on alarm mode as the tropical storm in Central Mediterranean was boosted into a hurricane with winds as fast as 180 kilometers per hour. The coastal towns of Kuşadası and Didim in the province of Aydın were expected to be hit hard by the hurricane, according to meteorological models.
While the port authorities of the two towns issued a ban on boat departures, Turkey’s Meteorological Agency warned millions of Turks living in coastal areas.
According to the warning, the hurricane can trigger debris that can harm people and animals, blow away roofs, damage greenhouses and farms, flood beaches, topple utility poles and even minarets.
Updated: 10/1/2018 5:17:54 AM
Authorities in central and northern Peloponnese closed dozens of roads due to floods, as well as in western Attica, near the seaside town of Mandra where major flash flood claimed 23 lives last year.
Local media reported two rivers overflowed their banks in Argos, flooding the town.
Updated: 10/1/2018 1:39:28 AM
Three people have been reported missing Greece after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm known brought gale-force winds and flash flooding to several parts of the country. The civil protection service said it had launched a search and rescue operation near the town of Mantoudi.
Firefighters received hundreds of calls for assistance to help evacuate people trapped in cars and flooded homes and to remove downed trees and other debris.
Published Saturday, September 29, 2018
A very dangerous and life-threatening storm dubbed Medicane Cindy by the EMWMC and also known as Zorbas and Zorba is now fully developed and expected to hit and move over southern Greece on September 29. The storm is bringing severe to extremely severe winds and very heavy rain, potentially resulting in widespread flash flooding and wind damage.
"Medicane is perfectly visible in the Ionian sea, with the central pressure around 994 hPa and still deepening," SWE meteorologists said.
The storm should reach its peak intensity overnight and tomorrow as it tracks toward southern Greece, producing major waves and severe to extremely severe winds.
"Waves could reach 10 - 15 m (33 - 50 feet) maximum height in some areas and develop a life-threatening weather situation along the coastal areas of west and north Greece, south Peloponnese and many islands across the Cyclades," SWE warns.
Greek authorities have extended a severe weather warning to include greater Athens and most of southern Greece over the weekend. The island of Crete, other southern islands in the Aegean Sea and most of the southern mainland was also placed on alert, AP reports, adding that national meteorological service said weather conditions could be life-threatening.
Medicane Zorba Facts
Affected Area: 250 km.
Alert Level: Orange