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Hail and storms from Famagusta to the mountains (update 4)

Photo: Kitas weather

Hail fell in areas of the Famagusta and Limassol regions on Sunday afternoon as storms continued to move across the island.

Rainfall was especially intense in Larnaca, Limassol and Famagusta, while the Met office said the weather pattern is set to continue until Wednesday.

The heavy rain and lightening has also led to power cuts in some areas as electricity poles were affected. EAC spokeswoman Christina Papadopoulou said teams are working to get the supply back the soonest possible.

At 4.10pm the fire service said it has responded to 52 calls and set up six emergency units to deal with flooded basements, properties and to help remove people from immobilised cars.

In Nicosia several roads in the Lakatamia and Strovolos areas were brought to a standstill because of flooding, while the bridge on Alexandroupoleos street in Strovolos was closed because the river had overflowed (below).

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Posted by Joseph Hadjiantonis on Sunday, 20 October 2019

Muddy water on the road has also made the Lakatamia-Klirou-Palaichori road dangerous and slippy.

The storm affecting Famagusta had earlier brought rain to Karpasia.

Meanwhile, storms and heavy rainfall were also recorded in the mountains and Troodos foothills.

The large amount of rain is expected to cause problems to drivers, such as slippery roads and fallen earth.

Storms are set to continue throughout the coming week, while the temperature in Nicosia is expected to finally fall below 30C.


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