While the country is hit by rare rainfall, a waterspout was filmed this Tuesday off the Greek island of Euboea.
Fires, torrential rains and now… waterspout. Since Monday, Greece has been heavily affected by rainfall of rare intensity which left at least one dead in Volos, the capital of the department of Magnesia, in the center of the country.
The storms also hit Euboea, an island near Athens where landslides were observed, according to media reports.
It was on the eastern island of Limnionas that Greece’s meteorological institute, the National Observatory of Athens, identified a waterspout – a column of air and water in rotation, like a tornado on dry land.
In a video relayed by the Greek media and on social networks by a Meteo-France forecaster, we see this waterspout approaching the beach, linking the stormy sky to the rough sea.
An “extreme phenomenon”
Precipitation in Greece is lasting for a long time this week, only a few days after controlling particularly devastating fires.
Rainfall in Volos reached 200mm and 600mm in the neighboring village of Zagora, located at the foot of Mount Pelion, according to the National Meteorological Service (EMY).
“The amount of water that fell in 24 hours is the total of the usual rain during the whole autumn,” meteorologist Panayotis Giannopoulos told Ert.
“According to meteorologists, this is the most extreme phenomenon in terms of the quantity of water that fell in the space of 24 hours since Greece has had archives on the subject,” said during a press briefing. the Minister of Civil Protection, Vassilis Kikilias.
“This is an extreme phenomenon,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a meeting on Tuesday with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropolou.
Source: BFM TV