The weather system “Ianos,” which had reached the sea region between Sicily and the Peloponnesian Peninsula early on Thursday is beginning to intensify and taking on the characteristics of a Mediterranean hurricane, or “Medicane,” the meteo service of the Athens National Observatory said.
The atmospheric pressure at the center of Ianos was approximately 1,000 hPa and is expected to drop to 990 hPa by Thursday evening, while the winds, according to several satellite estimates, had reached speeds of 65 km per hour (40 miles per hour) or up to 8 on the Beaufort scale.
According to the latest forecast, Ianos will move in the direction of the central Ionian Sea and northwestern Peloponnese, arriving early on Friday, but its subsequent course remains unknown, with the most probable scenario forecasting it will go south.
The areas that are expected to be most affected by Ianos are the Ionian islands and the Peloponnese, while the phenomena will be milder in other eastern parts of Greece, including Athens.
Apart from the high precipitation levels, Ianos will bring scattered storms, with strong winds that in some cases will reach the levels of a tempest (over 10 Beaufort) and very high waves at sea.
The Ministry of Civil Protection has warned citizens about the danger of the storms, advising them to avoid outdoor and marine activities during the coming days, secure any objects that could be taken up by winds, and to remain in safe shelter during the severe weather.
The Ministry will release new advisories as information regarding Iano continues to develop throughout the week.