Greece Flooding, Caused By Slow-Moving Remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo

The storm that just won’t quit is hammering Greece, and it won’t be going anywhere for at least a couple of days.

Heavy rain dumped on Greece Friday, flooding some roadways and creating travel problems in Athens, according to local reports. Word of significant flash flooding began in the Greek capital Friday afternoon.

The Greek Reporter says that  at least 12 cars were trapped inside a flooded supermarket parking lot after the heavy storms hit. Initial reports state that dozens of households were flooded, and that anywhere from 20-30 cars were swept into a pileup Friday. Shopkeepers say damages from the flood may exceed 100,00 euros or $126,651.

Meteorologists say the rainfall can be tied to the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.

“This cutoff low, so-called because it has become detached from the steering influence of the jet stream, contains some of the energy from what was once Hurricane Gonzalo,” said senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. “While not necessarily indicative of a continuing, large-scale heavy rain threat, this stubborn upper-level low is forecast to remain swirling over the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean Sea into much of next week.”

The tropical system previously known as Gonzalo has tracked across thousands of miles, hitting the Caribbean before making landfall on Bermuda last Friday. Then, it traveled across the Atlantic and hit the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia with bouts of rain and high winds. Now, it has sunk southeast and is expected to linger over the Balkan peninsula for several days.

The system also dumped feet of snow in the Swiss and Austrian Alps.



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