Strong gales whip country

Strong gales lashed most of the country yesterday, knocking down trees and road signs and causing power cuts, while no ferries were allowed to sail in the Aegean. In Athens, the fire brigade received over 200 calls for fallen trees or road signs – mostly in the southern suburbs – which in several cases caused severe traffic problems when crucial highways had to be temporarily closed down. This was the case with the Athens-to-Lamia highway, where problems caused by a dangling sign near the Treis Gefyres junction were exacerbated when an articulated truck swerved out of control near Kifissia, blocking the highway for hours. In the northwestern town of Ioannina, gale-force winds whipped up the waters of Lake Pamvotis, causing widespread flooding, while the roof of a building housing local police records was blown away – along with the records. The area suffered power cuts, as did parts of the Peloponnese.

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