Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey: Bad weather forecast for most parts of Greece, parts of eastern and southern Bulgaria and western Turkey until at least February 13
Severe weather is expected across most of Greece, parts of eastern and southern Bulgaria, and western Turkey until at least February 13. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected in most parts of the affected area. Storms may bring strong winds, lightning, and possible hail. Heavy rains may lead to flooding in low-lying areas, and strong winds may cause property damage and power outages.
As of February 12, the relevant meteorological services have issued the following weather warnings throughout the affected area:
Orange warnings for heavy rain (medium level on a three-level scale): Parts of the South Kardjali and South Smolyan provinces of Bulgaria, Central and Eastern Macedonia, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the Ionian Islands, the North-Eastern Aegean Islands, Thrace, Western Peloponnese, and the Western Stria regions of Greece.
Orange thunderstorm warnings: Central and Eastern Macedonia, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the Ionian Islands, the North-Eastern Aegean Islands, the Western Peloponnese and the Western Stria regions of Greece, and the Balikesir, Canakkale and Mugla provinces of Turkey.
Heavy rain warnings in yellow: Parts of northern and western Kargali, the eastern, northern and western Smolyan provinces of Bulgaria and the region of Crete in Greece.
Yellow thunderstorm warnings: The regions of Crete, Eastern Stria, Evia, Thessaly and Western Macedonia in Greece and the provinces of Aydin, Erdene, Izmir, Kirklareli and Manisa in Turkey.
Yellow strong wind warnings: Across eastern and southern Bulgaria, Crete, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the northeastern Aegean island regions of Greece, and the Balikesir, Canakkale, Edirne, Kirklareli, and Mugla provinces of Turkey.
Officials are likely to update and expand weather alert coverage in the coming days.
Continued heavy rains may lead to flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, creeks and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in developed areas that have stormwater drainage systems that are easily inundated. Locations below large reservoirs or rivers may experience flash flooding after relatively short periods of heavy rainfall. Landslides are possible in hilly or mountainous areas, especially when heavy rains saturate the soil.
Authorities may issue mandatory evacuation orders for flood-prone communities in the coming days. Interruptions in electricity and communications services are possible when large floods or landslides affect utility networks.
Floodwaters and debris flows may render some bridges, rail or road networks impassable, impacting road travel in and around affected areas. Puddles on road surfaces can create hazardous driving conditions on regional highways. The authorities may temporarily close some low-lying roads submerged in floodwaters. Disturbed weather may cause flight delays and cancellations at airports in affected areas. Floods could disrupt regional railway lines. Charging may be canceled in areas with heavy rainfall and possible path blockage.
Localized business disruptions may occur in areas affected by severe weather; Some businesses may not operate at full capacity due to damage to facilities, potential evacuations and the inability of some employees to access work sites.