A large cyclonic storm is moving northeast through the Mediterranean and will bring heavy rain and strong winds to Greece and Turkey from Friday, September 28, through Monday, October 1. The storm, dubbed a "Medicane," is predicted to bring wind gusts of 95 km/h (60 mph) and rainfall of 5-7 cm (2-3 in) to areas of southern Greece and western Turkey, including the cities of Kalamata (Greece) and Izmir (Turkey). Crete may may receive up to 10-15 cm (4-6 in) of rain. High surf and coastal flooding are also likely. Greece issued a severe weather warning and suspended some ferry services. Further transportation disruptions, along with power outages, are likely.
"Medicane" storms are a result of storms moving across warm waters of the Mediterranean and taking on tropical characteristics.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate transportation disruptions, confirm flight and ferry status before traveling to the airport or ferry terminal, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water can be enough to knock over an adult.
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