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Rare ‘Medicane’ storm hits southern Greece

Civil defense authorities were in high alert across the southern half Greece on Saturday, as a rare – according to meteorologists – cyclone-like depression was made landfall in the extreme southwest overnight and was winding its way in a northeasterly course.

The weather front was dropping heavy rains on the greater Athens area early Saturday, accompanied by earlier gale force winds, while also adversely affecting the eastern coast of the Peloponnese and the eastern mainland coast.

The storm, named “Xenophon” but dubbed “Zorbas” by the media, emerged in the central Mediterranean in the middle of last week.

Most ferry boat routes connecting the mainland with various islands were cancelled.