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Strong wind blows roof off, power outages experienced (updated)

A hurricane in Xylofogou blew the roof off three houses, leaving families homeless for Christmas as severe weather conditions that affected Cyprus on Monday night continued on Tuesday.

According to Xylofagou community leader Georgios Tasou at around 4.20am strong winds caused a hurricane which damaged around 15 houses in the village.

The roof of one house was completely blown off, with parts falling around the bed of the pensioner living in the house.

In a house nearby, pieces of the roof fell about half a metre from where one of the two children of the four-member family was sleeping.

The community leader said residents of badly damaged houses will have to stay with friends or family.

Meanwhile a team of community workers along with local volunteers started repairing the houses on Tuesday morning.

Photo: Antonis Christaki Papoui from Kitas Weather

The strong winds also caused a power outage in Nicosia.

According to EAC spokesperson Christina Papadopoulou two different areas in Dali experiences a blackout at 1.30pm after a tree fall onto electric wires.

Meanwhile a power outage was seen at 12.30pm in Ypsonas and Kolossi in Limassol.

The electricity authority is investigating the cause.

Larnaca also experienced some electrical faults in different regions for two hours after trees damaged the wires on some power poles.

Meanwhile, police urged motorists to be extra careful as roads in rural Limassol near Troodos were affected by rockfall.

According to a police statement, the Amiandos-Troodos and Gerasa-Kalo Chorio road networks were the most affected by the severe weather conditions.

Officials also warned of the possibility of flooding in some areas.

Following the issuing of a yellow warning over Monday night and Tuesday daytime, the weather should improve gradually through midweek but isolated thunderstorms are to continue through Christmas and Boxing Day.

Snow is also expected to fall on Troodos.



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