Two women walk alongside a beach after a storm hit the area at Kalamata town, southwest of Athens, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. A powerful Mediterranean storm has brought torrential rain to southern Greece, as civil protection services remained on alert across most of the country despite news that the storm's intensity weakened as it moved eastward. (AP Photo/Nikolia Apostolou)

3 people missing after storm pounds Greece with heavy rain

September 30, 2018 - 9:57 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are looking for three missing people on a Greek island after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm dumped heavy rain on the region.

The storm has been moving slowly in a northeasterly direction, affecting Aegean Sea islands as well as Greece's central mainland. It is expected to hit parts of northern and northeast Greece later in the day.

General secretary for Civil Protection Yiannis Tafyllis told reporters Sunday that the hardest-hit areas so far have been around the cities of Corinth and Argos in the Peloponnese peninsula, which was hit by the storm Saturday, and the northern part of the island of Evia, off central Greece, where the three people went missing Sunday.

The storm also flooded roads in Athens and forced evacuations from the Peloponnese seaside village of Nea Kios.

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