Updated: 1/30/2019 1:26:27 AM
Powerful and persistent downpours have caused significant destruction to roads in parts of Messinia in the Peloponnese over recent days, and particularity in the highlands of Mount Taygetos. The village of Alagonia has reportedly been completely cut off as the road in both directions has either collapsed in parts of been blocked by rockfalls, while Lada and Piges are also in trouble after experiencing similar problems. People traveling in the area are advised to avoid the Taygetos stretch and to consult with locals or the police before setting off by car.
Updated: 1/28/2019 2:58:54 AM
A new round of Saharan dust is heading for the central and eastern Mediterranean including Greece, Turkey and Cyprus today and on Wednesday. Expect dusty skies across the region, starting early on Tuesday, with the main concentration of dust expected in the afternoon and evening hours. The dust will reach the SW coast of Turkey by Wednesday morning, pushing eastwards towards Cyprus through the day.
Updated: 1/27/2019 4:38:01 AM
At least 5 people have been killed as a powerful Mediterranean storm hit northern Algeria on January 24 and 25, bringing heavy rain and snow, the country's civil protection agency reported Saturday, January 26, 2019. The same weather system affected neighboring Tunisia, claiming lives of at least 2 people. The victims were swept away by floodwaters in Algerian Annaba, El Tarf, Tizi Ouzou and Tipaza, the agency said, adding it performed salvage operation in more than 17 areas. Around 100 people have been rescued, AFP reports.
Updated: 1/27/2019 2:41:48 AM
Just two days after a massive tornado hit parts of the Turkish city of Antalya, claiming lives of two people, another destructive twister formed in the city on January 26, causing damage to the city's international airport and injuring 12 people. This is the fifth and second destructive tornado to hit the city since Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
The tornado caused infrastructural damage, flipped three buses, and damaged two planes and a police helicopter at the city's international airport. At least 12 people were injured, but none of them critically. Officials said 229 buildings sustained damage in the powerful storms and tornadoes affecting the region since January 23.
Updated: 1/26/2019 3:17:11 AM
At least two people were killed in the the violent storm, that will impact much of the Balkan Peninsula and Turkey into this weekend. There is the potential that this storm could be distinguished as a medicane, a more tropical-like cyclone moving through the Mediterranean Sea. Snow is expected to fall from the Dinaric Alps into the interior Balkan Peninsula before expanding northward into eastern Poland, Belarus and western Ukraine.
The heaviest snow fell in the higher elevations of Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo during the beginning of the storm. Heavy snow continues to expand across most of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and northeast Albania into Saturday with widespread snowfall of 8-15 cm. The hardest hit lower elevations can expect up to 30 cm with mountainous locations receiving up to 60 cm of total snowfall. Lesser amounts of snowfall are forecast from Croatia to Hungary, eastern Poland, Belarus and western Ukraine where locations can expect 2-8 cm.
The airport in Antalya, Turkey reported wind gusts as high as 92 km/h around 3:30 PM, local time. Tornado is confirmed at Antalya airport causing damage through the region, and killing at least two people, according to Daily Sabah.
Published Friday, January 25, 2019
"The first in a series of at least three upcoming cutoff lows over the central Mediterranean will cause excessive snowfall for parts of southeast Europe over the next 2 days," Severe Weather Meteorologists (SWE) said. "The deep low will deepen rapidly over the northern Tyrrhenian sea on Thursday, deepening to close to 980 hPa central pressure. It will cause a windstorm over the West-entral Mediterranean and move into the central Mediterranean / Ionian sea by Friday."
"Large waves affect the western Mediterranean on Thursday, with maximum wave height reaching 8-9 m on Menorca, and 6-7 m on Mallorca (significant wave height is 1/2 to 2/3 of these values) and up to 10-14 m along parts of the coast of Algeria.
Also expect major waves across southern and central Mediterranean, particularly on the western and southern coast of Sicily, Lampedusa and Malta.
Waves reaching maximum heights up to 8-10 m are expected there on Friday, pushing towards the eastern Mediterranean and affecting the coast of Libya and western and southern Crete with waves up to 8 -10 m maximum height."
There is the potential that this storm could be distinguished as a medicane, a more tropical-like cyclone moving through the Mediterranean Sea, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Eriuc Leister said.
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