Storm ashore in Greece, no reports of casualties

The Mediterranean storm Ianos has landed in Greece. It reached the islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. A Greek minister says that damage was done, but there were no casualties.

However, about 50 migrants are in danger. They are in a boat off the Greek coast and are struggling to stay afloat. Rescue workers are trying to get the migrants out of the boat, but they were unable to do so at the beginning of the afternoon because of the high waves. The group would have been on their way to Italy.

Wind speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour have been measured. Last night there was a lot of rain and in a number of places people no longer have electricity. Corfu seems to have been the least affected.

Code red

The government has issued code red for the whole west coast of the Peloponnese and the Ionian islands, says correspondent Conny Keessen. The weather is expected to deteriorate later today, but it is difficult to say exactly where the storm is heading

As a precaution, schools remain closed today. Flights have also been cancelled and less traffic is allowed on coastal roads.

The Greek authorities have called on people to stay inside. A similar storm killed at least 20 people three years ago.

The word ‘medicane’ is a contraction of mediterranean and ‘hurricane’.