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Some flooded roads now open to traffic, police say (Update 3)

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Police said on Sunday evening that flooding on the road outside Nicosia’s Makarios Stadium had abated and the road was now open to traffic.

Heavy hailstorms hit parts of the capital on Sunday afternoon accompanied by wind, thunder and lightning.

Police said the downpours had mainly hit Lakatamia, Archangelos, Engomi and Ayios Dhometios, causing severe traffic problems due to poor visibility and flooding.

Police and fire service had received more than 80 calls for assistance both from motorists and from home and business owners who needed water pumped from their premises in the affected suburbs.

In several instances water was pumped from flooded basements as well as blockages in drainage systems around the capital, police said.

They warned that because the weather was still volatile and showers were continuing in some areas, drivers should remain especially careful, drive at low speed, keep a safe distance and their headlights on.

The last warning issued by police around 6pm was for a stretch of the Nicosia-Limassol highway at Kotsiatis, which they said was a hazard due to flooding.

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