Friday, October 24, 2014

Greece Flooding, Caused By Slow-Moving Remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, Covers Athens Streets

Gonzalo came west across the Atlantic from Africa, came close to the U.S., then ended up going back across the ocean to hit Europe. Not the first time this has happened. I have wondered about some of those other hurricanes that turned away after approaching the U.S., which is what has mostly been happening the last few years, when several days later there were flooding storms in Europe.

By Sean Breslin
Published: October 24, 2014

The storm that just won't quit is hammering Greece, and it won't be going anywhere for at least a couple of days.

Heavy rain dumped on Greece Friday, flooding some roadways and creating travel problems in Athens, according to local reports. Word of significant flash flooding began in the Greek capital Friday afternoon, and meteorologists say the rainfall can be tied to the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.

"This cutoff low, so-called because it has become detached from the steering influence of the jet stream, contains some of the energy from what was once Hurricane Gonzalo," said senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. "While not necessarily indicative of a continuing, large-scale heavy rain threat, this stubborn upper-level low is forecast to remain swirling over the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean Sea into much of next week."

The tropical system previously known as Gonzalo has tracked across thousands of miles, hitting the Caribbean before making landfall on Bermuda last Friday. Then, it traveled across the Atlantic and hit the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia with bouts of rain and high winds. Now, it has sunk southeast and is expected to linger over the Balkan peninsula for several days.

The system also dumped feet of snow in the Swiss and Austrian Alps.


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