Search for Migrant Boat as Powerful Storm Lashes Greece

Greece braces for a 'Medicane' — a rare Mediterranean hurricane named Ianos

Two people were killed and another person was reported missing in central Thessaly after a Mediterranean cyclone, Medicana Ianos, which struck parts of Greece Overnight and cause flooding.

Seawater from crashing waves cover the yard of a tavern during a storm at the port of Argostoli, on the Ionian island of Kefalonia, western Greece, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

A boat carrying dozens of migrants was stranded at sea Friday as hurricane-force winds and heavy rain battered the western coast of Greece, causing power outages and road closures.

The body of an elderly woman was discovered in a flooded house near Farsala, according to fire brigade officials.

They said a woman who ignored firefighter and police instructions not to drive into an area where a bridge spans a river is missing.

Later, authorities said a 63-year-old man was found dead near a hospital in Karditsa.

Greece's weather agency warned of damage and threat to life as it issued alerts for many areas.

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"We have another 36 hours of intense conditions ahead of us", Kostas Lagouvardos, research director at the national observatory of Athens, told state TV ERT.

Since "Ionas" first hit, the fire brigade said it had received more than 2,450 calls for assistance to rescue trapped people, cut down trees, and pump out water from homes and stores.

The heavy rainfall turned the city of Karditsa, in one of Greece's biggest plains, into a lake, TV images showed.

The storm also forced two Ryanair planes to land in Athens instead of Kefalonia.

Power has gone out in Karditsa and the Ionian islands.

Minister Hardalias said there were no reports of injuries so far, adding that forecasts see the cyclone s hifting southwards later Friday.

He explained that the phenomenon is known as the "Mediterranean cyclone", which first appeared in 1995 onwards.

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