Streets turned into rivers and lakes, houses, businesses and buildings were flooded, motorists trapped in their cars and pedestrians were swept away.
when torrential rain- and hail-storm hit Thessaloniki in Greece Thursday noon.The storm cut the power and water supply in several areas of the City. The rushing waters swept away everything they met, including garbage bins.
The rainstorm hit the center of the city of Thessaloniki around 12:30 Thursday noon with a force of 200 mm per hour. It lasted about one hour.By 2 0′ clock the Fire Service had received more than 300 calls to pump water from basements and businesses, by 4 pm the number of calls had surpassed 450. Even the landmark of the city, the White Tower was flooded. The fire service had to evacuate tourists, a school class and employees, more than 70 people.
Due to the heavy lightning, refueling of airplanes at the Macedonia airport was interrupted for several minutes and flight had small delays.