A ship carrying dozens of migrants has been reported stranded at sea as hurricane-force winds and heavy rain batter the western coast of Greece
September 18, 2020, 11:31 AM
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ATHENS, Greece — A ship carrying dozens of migrants was stranded at sea Friday as hurricane-force winds and heavy rain battered the western coast of Greece, inflicting energy outages and highway closures.
Coast guard officers mentioned because of the excessive winds, rescue boats have been to date unable to strategy the vessel believed to be carrying greater than 50 migrants south of Greece‘s Peloponnese area. A robust tropical-like storm named Ianos battered the western islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia, and Ithaki in a single day, inflicting flash flooding, property harm, energy outages, and highway closures largely from downed bushes, police and native authorities mentioned. No accidents have been reported. The storm, with winds exceeding 110 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour), reached the western mainland Friday. Pc fashions urged that the storm wouldn’t instantly have an effect on Athens however heavy rainfall was additionally anticipated within the Greek capital. Faculties and shops have been closed, and ferry companies have been suspended in lots of areas in western Greece as authorities suggested residents to stay indoors. “We expect the storm to progress with the identical depth for the six to 9 hours in western Greece after which, weakened, see it head southward,” Civil Safety chief Nikos Hardalias mentioned. “However areas that aren’t instantly affected … will see a big quantity of water with heavy rainfall.”