ATHENS:“There is a ban on sailing at least until this afternoon from the port of Piraeus to all Aegean islands,” a Merchant Marine official who requested anonymity told Reuters. The better use of snow is pictured at the main ski run of Mount Elatochori, a lovely ski area. “All ships including passenger ferries for the islands have been ordered to stay in the port for the second day.” The other nearby ports of Lavrio and Rafina had also banned ships from leaving apart from a ferry to the nearby island of Evia, the official said.
Dozens of domestic flights from Athens to the islands including Crete, Samos and Milos were cancelled due to the strong winds.
Meteorologists said the weather would improve by today but temperatures would remain below freezing.
“The winds will continue to be strong until tonight and temperatures will drop to -9 Celsius mainly in northern Greece,” meteorologist Theodore Kolydas told broadcaster Mega TV.
A spokesman of Greece’s power utility PPC said that the winds and falling trees had caused power outages, including in the northern city of Thessaloniki. –