Storms, tornado hit hard

Storms in northern Greece and parts of the Peloponnese flooded tens of homes, uprooted trees and cut off public transport on Saturday, while a tornado hit the island of Rhodes, lifting parked cars and damaging hotels. Authorities said that the bad weather that swept through the northern parts of the country resulted in floods in the towns of Xanthi, Halkidiki and Kavala. The Hellenic Railways Organization stopped the train that usually connects Xanthi with Komotini due to the overflowing of a local river. Rescue workers around the country received more than a hundred calls for help from flood victims, while traffic in the area of Ouranoupolis, on the northern Halkidiki peninsula, was cut in two after a major road became submerged in floodwaters. Meanwhile, tourists on Rhodes witnessed the unusual site of a tornado hitting the island. Although the tornado’s visit lasted just a few minutes, a number of hotels suffered damage and cars were shifted by the strong winds. Authorities said they expected weather conditions to improve today.