Due to severe weather conditions a number of roads have (remained) closed with the Limassol, Paphos and Nicosia areas affected most. The police are urging all motorists to be extremely cautious and to drive at low speeds.
The following roads are closed for all vehicles
All roads leading to Troodos as well as the Platres-Trooditissa road
Natas-Choletrion road due to the overflowing of the Xeros river
Natas-Episkopi road due to the overflowing of the Ezousa river
Kelokedara-Nata road due to the overflowing of the Ziripilli river
The part of the Paphos-Peyia road near Potima
Due to the overflowing of the Serrachis river the bridge near the Peristerona Primary School has become too dangerous and the road has been closed.
The following roads are open only for cars equipped with snow chains or 4-wheel drives
Pera Paidi-Mandria-Platres roads
Drivers in Paphos experienced hazardous conditions on Tuesday night as huge waves lashed the seafront road at Potima.
This section of road which runs from Paphos to Coral Bay was closed and a 2 kilometre detour took drivers through the nearby banana plantations. Paphos police said it has since reopened.
One driver told the Cyprus Mail: “I had to travel from Peyia to Paphos last night and conditions were awful. As well as lashing rain and hail, a huge amount of seawater was being thrown onto vehicle and the road, making visibility limited. The sea wall was breached; I had to drive very slowly and it was a terrifying experience.”
The severe weather continued throughout the night, with Paphos experiencing heavy downpours, strong winds and thunderstorms.
A Paphos police spokesman said that bad weather and snowfall had affected the road network in some of the higher Paphos region.
“The road from Pikni forest to Inia, Arodes and Kathikas is very slippery and there are also dangerous driving conditions at Panayia, Aspro Kremnos and Polemi. Conditions in some areas are very poor and drivers must proceed with caution.”
Port police at the harbour in Kato Paphos deemed it necessary to close the area overnight due to choppy seas and high winds. Massive waves threw stones onto the shore and the area was inaccessible due to the stormy sea.
The fire services were also kept busy with trees uprooted due to strong winds blocking roads and flooded basements.