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Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
A tropical storm formed in the Ionian sea on November 17, 2017, and is affecting the region with heavy rain and strong winds. This strengthening storm is expected to hit the western coast of Greece on Saturday, November 18 or early November 19.
Storm Numa, known as Zenon in Greece, with center of this system currently located southeast of Italy. Heavy rain it produced over the past couple of days has already caused severe flash flooding near Athens, killing at least 16 people and leaving 2 others missing.
The system is strengthening and is expected to start moving east towards the western coast of Greece today.
Medicanes, short for Mediterranean hurricanes, are relatively rare in Europe, can be very destructive and deadly, even when they don't reach their full potential.
In 1969, fa very strong medicane hit the coast of north Africa, killing nearly 600 people in Tunisia and Algeria.
Cyclone Numa Facts
Affected Area: 400 km.
Alert Level: Yellow