moisture-laden cyclone, partly associated with the remnants of
Hurricane Gonzalo, moved slowly through Greece and neighboring parts
of the Balkan Peninsula from Friday through Sunday.
storm brought significant flooding to portions of Greece, including
Athens. Meanwhile heavy rain and snow brought travel nightmares to
parts of Bulgaria.
and Eleusis, both northern suburbs of Athens situated in the Attica
Region, picked up more than 2.50 inches of rain in a short period of
time leading to flooding.
the Llion area, the Greek Reporter stated that a supermarket parking
area was flooded trapping several vehicles.
other cars and vehicles were swept down streets and piled onto of one
another thanks to the ferocious force in which the flood waters
are piled up after a storm in Athens, on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. As
stormy weather hit Greece, torrents of rain swamped Athens, flooding
basements and underpasses and, in a low-lying part of the capital,
sweeping away and piling up parked cars. (AP Photo/Petros
heaviest rainfall shifted into Bulgaria over the weekend as nearly
125 mm (5 inches) fell in the city of Burgas, prompting widespread
rainfall and travel chaos. The storm ended with one final blast as
wet snow mixed in with the rain all the way to Black Sea coast.
winds closed the ports in Varna and Burgas at times over the weekend,
according to The
snowfall in some of the higher elevations resulted in road closures.
Up to 20 cm (8 inches) of snow was reported in Pamporovo.
cyclone responsible for this flooding rain and early season snowfall
has weakened; however, the threat for daily rainfall remains in the
forecast for the southern Attica Region through at least Wednesday.
FOOTAGE - CHAOS AFTER FLASH FLOODING IN ATHENS GREECE 24/10/14
Gonzalo Damages Estimated To Be At Least $200 Million In Bermuda
23 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400
million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to
an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling
large eye of the storm containing calm air passed directly over the
tiny island chain of 65,000 inhabitants on Friday, reducing the time
the British territory was exposed to hurricane-force winds and
limiting potential damage, AIR said in its estimate, which was
released late Wednesday.
another modeling firm, estimated the insured losses at $300 million,
according to a report on Monday by Insurance Journal, a trade
blew off portions of roofs and caused structural damage to some older
buildings, including some historical structures, AIR found in a
survey conducted Sunday and Monday.
the company found that more modern and well-maintained buildings
constructed under strict new building codes to withstand sustained
wind speeds up to 110 mph (177 kph) and gusts up to 150 mph (241 kph)
held up well. Most resorts saw little more than minimal damage to
roofs, AIR reported.
followed Tropical Storm Fay by a week, while some damaged roofs were
still under repair.
hurricane hit the Atlantic island archipelago off the coast of North
Carolina with maximum sustained winds of around 110 miles per hour
(175 kph), forecasters said.
was the strongest storm to strike Bermuda since the similar-sized
Hurricane Fabian in 2003, which AIR said caused $300 million in
damage. A repeat of Fabian this summer would have cost $650 million,
factoring in increased 2014 insurance exposure, AIR said.
islands also suffered wide power outages and blocked roads, but there
were no fatalities. Power has mostly been restored to customers,
Bermuda Electric Light Co said on Thursday.
calculations do not include damage to infrastructure or boats tossed
at sea and blown from berths on land.
Gonzalo hit elsewhere in the Caribbean, tearing off roofs in Antigua
and killing an elderly sailor and damaging some three dozen vessels
in St. Maarten.
departing Bermuda, Gonzalo stayed offshore but brought tropical storm
conditions to Newfoundland, Canada, on Sunday, and battered northern
Scotland on Tuesday.
Kingdom: Hurricane Gonzalo batters UK coastline