NEWS

Two dead as storms bring floods, damage

Strong winds battered many parts of the country yesterday, causing widespread damage and flooding and keeping ferries moored in ports. A 38-year-old Albanian woman and her 18-year-old daughter died late on Thursday when their car plunged into the sea on the Ionian island of Cephalonia in the middle of a thunderstorm. The woman’s 16-year-old son had been driving the vehicle but managed to get out. Yesterday storms damaged homes, stores and farms in the Peloponnese. There were landslides on some roads due to heavy rain which knocked out several sets of traffic lights. Passenger ferries remained moored at Piraeus and in Aegean harbors. A Greek ferry sailing into the western port of Patras from Italy sustained a 2-meter gash in its hull when gale-force winds drove it into the pier. No harm came to the 102 passengers aboard the Pasiphae.