Feb 15 2020

Mediterranean hurricane

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Mediterranean hurricane-The "Mediterranean hurricane", which was also dubbed "Zorbas", slammed into the coastal city of Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula around midday on Friday, packing huge waves and winds of up to 60mph.

Medicane: ‘Mediterranean hurricane’ Zorbas hit Greece over the weekend – latest forecast

A rare tropical-like cyclone battered Greece with high seas and triggered flash floods in some tourist destinations

Medicane sounds like some sort of medication, but it’s actually the nickname of a hurricane-like storm that drenched southern Greece and western Turkey last weekend.

The “Mediterranean hurricane”, which was also dubbed “Zorbas”, slammed into the coastal city of Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula around midday on Friday, packing enormous waves and winds of up to 60mph.

Parts of the Peloponnese peninsula and central Greece received over half a foot of rain in a day, triggering flash floods. On Saturday, Zorba dumped rain on Athens and ferry services to the islands had to be cancelled, along with some flights.

The storm weakened as it moved east, but it still caused heavy flooding on some Aegean Islands including Skiathos – a popular tourist destination.

The Medicane was also expected to barrel into the tourist resorts along the Aegean Coast, but it changed track and bypassed them, dumping rain on the Marmara region of western Turkey instead.

The cyclone was caused by an area of low pressure off the northern coast of Africa, which also brought torrential rain to northern Libya and Tunisia early last week. It unleashed flash-flooding in the coastal town of Nabeul, Tunisia, which killed four people.

What’s the latest forecast?

Clear blue skies returned to Greece on Monday. The Greece meteorological agency has lifted its weather warning and is forecasting sunshine and highs of 28 degrees across most of Greece this week, including Athens, the Aegean Islands and Crete. The Peloponnese Peninsula and Ionian Islands can expect cooler temperatures and thunderstorms.

Turkey’s meteorological service is forecasting sun and temperatures of around 30 degrees on the Aegean Coast for the next few days.

Where can I get local travel advice?

The Greek National Tourism Organisation says travellers who have encountered problems or have concerns should consult their regional tourist office. For example, contact numbers and an email address for officials in Crete can be found at You can also consult Greek Travel Pages for the contact numbers and email addresses of local tourist boards:

If you are travelling to affected areas in Greece or Turkey, it’s advisable to consult your hotel, apartment provider or tour company to check there are no problems.

Are Medicanes common?

Medicanes appear on average once or twice a year, are most likely from September and January, and can last up to five days. They usually occur in the Ionian Sea and Balearic Islands.

“Medicane” is a combination of the words “hurricane” and “Mediterranean”, but they’re not as severe as hurricanes. Their peak strength is the equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale; five is the maximum. Category 1 can still do serious damage though; that was the strength of Hurricane Florence when it slammed into North Carolina earlier this month. Medicanes usually only reach gale to storm-force strength but can still produce severe winds and torrential rainfall.


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