Cyclone Ianos, a Rare ‘Medicane,’ Batters Ionian Islands of Greece

A rare, powerful cyclone slammed into the western Ionian Islands of Greece and other parts of the country on Friday, bringing lashing rain, strong winds and flooding as it tore into the coastline.

Such storms — which some meteorologists call Medicanes, or Mediterranean hurricanes — were virtually unheard-of before the 1990s, but in recent years have become a more regular occurrence because of rising sea temperatures.

Greece issued its highest-level weather alert with the landfall of the…

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