Hailstorm damages roads, businesses and homes in Drama

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Local authority officials in Drama, northern Greece, on Wednesday were seeking to assess the extent of the damage wreaked on Tuesday night by a heavy hailstorm in the area.

The storm caused problems on many roads in the city and broader area, leaving a layer of hailstones up to 40 centimeters thick that had to be cleared away earth-moving machines to open roads to motorists.

The storm caused damage to several roads as well as flooding many basement and ground-floor stores and homes while trees were also uprooted.

Drama Mayor Christodoulos Mamsakos told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency that it had been years since such a strong hailstorm hit the city.

“In less than an hour the roads were filled with hailstones which damaged everything,” he said.