The dramatic change of the weather early this morning sweeping across the country, which is related to the recent cyclone in Sardinia, was to blame for the major traffic jams in the capital’s main traffic arteries.
The heavy rainfall and storms flooded Piraeos Street, with traffic being interrupted until about 9am. The underground passage at the Faliro delta on Syngrou Avenue was also flooded. Traffic on the Athens-Corinth national highway grinded to a halt due to a landslide at Kakia Skala.
The police has warned drivers and pedestrians alike to be extra careful. The Fire Brigade in Athens has received over 150 calls, mostly for floodings in the city’s southern suburbs, such as Voula, Vouliagmenia, Varkiza, Lagonisi and Kalivia.The weather will improve around noon today, however a new low pressure front on Thursday and Friday is expected to cause a similar -and less intense – weather system.