According to the government in Athens, the damage caused by the severe autumn storms on the holiday island of Crete at the weekend is enormous. The region around the holiday resort of Agia Pelagia near Heraklion is particularly affected.
The phenomenon of autumn storms in October is not unusual for the Mediterranean, meteorologists said in Greek media. However, the dimensions and intensity of the storms are increasing, which is due to climate change. According to the weather agency, within an hour, as much rain had fallen in the affected area as usual in the entire month of October. The autumn storm was "the worst storm in the last 100 years," said the governor of the region, Stavros Arnaoutakis.
On Monday the sun was shining again in most places on Crete. The storm reached the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in a weakened state.