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Yellow alert issued due to expected storms, water reserves up (Updated)

The Met office on Wednesday issued a yellow weather warning because of heavy rain and storms. The alert will remain in effect until 6am on Thursday, after which the situation will be reviewed.

Total rainfall may exceed 55 millimetres within 24 hours in some areas.

Police on Wednesday warned motorists in the Limassol and Paphos areas to drive carefully due to strong winds and the danger of falling trees.

The fire brigade was called at 6:30am to remove a tree near the Kissonerga campsite. The road was cleared quickly and traffic movement restored in the area.

Police said that due to intense winds, drivers on the Limassol-Paphos highway in the area of Avdimou, need to be cautious, driving at a low speed and keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Earlier they had warned of poor visibility in the Troodos area due to fog.

Landslides were observed on the Dierona – Akrountas road.

Meanwhile, the reservoirs along the Southern Conveyor water project, the largest water development project on the island, were half full by Wednesday morning.

The area includes the largest reservoir, Kouris, which is now 47.4 per cent filled, and Kalavasos, Lefkara, Dipotamos, Germasoyia, Arminou, Polemidia and Achna. All together they can hold 189,450 million cubic metres (mcm) of water.

Paphos reservoirs, the second largest area when it comes to reservoirs with a capacity of 71,723 mcm, are 73.4 per cent full.

The reservoirs around the island have reached 58.3 per cent of capacity, compared with 20.1 per cent last year.

On Wednesday, prolonged rain is expected in many areas, and snow is likely to fall during the night in the higher mountains.

Temperatures will reach 15C inland, 16 to 17C in coastal areas and 7C around Troodos.


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