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Storm Ianos, also known as a medicane caused widespread damage and flooding across parts of Greece this weekend. The Karditsa area just north of Athens and Crete were both impacted with torrential rain and high winds. Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Ithaca and Lefkada were also hit hard hard by the storm.
The storm was called a medicane which is a storm that has “some characteristics of a tropical cyclone and others of a mid-latitude storm” according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.
The medicane saw boats flipped in their harbours, trees uprooted and power lines explode, leaving some of the country severely damaged.
A major clean-up operation is now underway in Karditsa and other regions of Greece.
The The Foreign, Commonwealth & Departmental Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice over the weekend regarding the storm in Greece.
The country has become a popular holiday hotspot since the coronavirus crisis began earlier this year.
They said: “On September 18, Storm Ianos caused damage to infrastructure and utilities (water and power supplies) in parts of Western Greece, including Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Ithaca.
“You should stay up-to-date with developments and follow the advice of the local authorities.”
Travellers are being urged to register on the Greek government’s Emergency Communication Service to receive alerts.
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The weather in Greece this week is forecast to be completely different compared to last week’s rain and wind.
Athens is expecting 30C heat while Kefalonia and Zakynthos are forecast to have clear skies and temperatures in the high 20s.
Currently, several Greek islands are on the UK’s quarantine list but mainland Greece has managed to remain on the safe list.
Britons travelling to a country on the quarantine list must isolate for 14 days on their return.
Countries likely to be struck off the quarantine exemption list are those with a seven-day infection rate above 20 per 100,000 people.
Mainland Greece has recorded 18.1 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period and is in the “amber zone”.
The FCDO is advising against all but essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos.
The rest of Greece remains exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.
If you are returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos you are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
If you are returning to Scotland from anywhere in Greece, you will need to self-isolate on your return.
Anyone travelling to Greece has to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before they travel.
Failure to fill out the form in advance may result in the airline not allowing you to travel, €500 fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.
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