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New extreme weather warnings as rain and storms continue (Updated) (Video)

More rain and strong winds are expected on Tuesday with the extreme weather causing problems in nearly all districts.

Shortly before two yellow weather alerts which the met office issued on Sunday and Monday expired on Tuesday, the office issued another one, valid from noon until 10pm.

According to the warning, rain and isolated thunderstorms are expected to affect the area, and the total rain accumulation is locally likely to exceed 50 millimetres in a six-hour period.

The met office first issued a yellow alert on Sunday, warning of intense rains and isolated thunderstorms, initially in the west and south, and later in other areas.

On Monday another alert was posted, warning of near gale force winds, which remained in place until 1pm on Tuesday.

Police urged all drivers to be extremely careful due to heavy rain, strong winds and fog in all areas.

The Pedieos river in Nicosia has broken its banks in some areas flooding roads. In Deftera, the small bridge and square outside the church of Chrysospiliotissa have flooded turning the site into a river.

On Monday afternoon a driver in the Paphos district had to be rescued after his car was swept away when he attempted to cross the Chrysochous river. On Tuesday, the fire department had to rescue a further four drivers.

An EasyJet plane was struck by lightning as it was about to land at Paphos airport at 6pm on Monday. The aircraft, which was flying from Luton to Paphos with 160 passengers on board, landed without any problems but its electronic systems were damaged.

As a result, it could not return to Luton at 6.45pm as planned and the 170 passengers scheduled to depart had to stay overnight in Cyprus.

The fire service had to deal with trees which were uprooted in strong winds in the Paphos region.

Some roads in Akamas are still closed due to the overflow of the Avacas river.

In the Nicosia region, the Alexandroupolis road in Strovolos remains closed to traffic due to the overflow of the Pedios river next to the Strovolos town hall.

There have been landslides on the Xyliatou – Lagoudera road closing one lane.

Roads in the mountains, from Pedhoulas to Prodromos, Prodromos to Lemythos, Prodromos to Pinewood, Kakopetria to Karvounas, Kakopetria to Spilia as well as all roads leading to Troodos are accessible only to 4×4 vehicles or those equipped with snow chains.

Various problems, such as trees being uprooted and power outages were reported from the Larnaca region on Monday evening and early on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, police warned about heavy fog in the Lefkara area.

Despite the extreme weather, no problems were reported in the Famagusta area.

In the next couple of days, the weather will continue to be mostly cloudy in all areas, with rain and snow on the highest peaks of Troodos and strong winds.

Temperatures will rise to 14C inland, 17C near the coast and 2C around Troodos where the height of snow is 64 centimetres.

The weather pattern is not expected to change on Wednesday and Thursday. For Friday, slightly colder weather has been forecast.


Δυστυχώς και φέτος τα ίδια!!! Πέρσι χρειάστηκαν 3 μήνες να καθαρίσουμε την λάσπη και να επιδιορθωθούν οι ανυπολόγιστες ζημιές που άφησε πίσω του ο ποταμός. Παρόλο που Ενημερώσαμε όλες της κρατικές αρχές έχουμε τα ίδια αποτελέσματα και φέτος!! Πρέπει επιτέλους να γίνει μια σοβαρή μελέτη για το γεφύρι που οδηγεί στο σπήλαιο!!

Posted by Παναγία Χρυσοσπηλιώτισσα Κάτω Δευτερά on Monday, 6 January 2020


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