A freak hailstorm in a popular tourist destination in Greece left 7 people dead and over 100 injured


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A freak hailstorm hit a popular tourist destination in Greece on Wednesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring over 100 others.
Gale force winds and hail hit Halkidiki, a summer holiday spot located in northern Greece near Thessaloniki, ripping out trees and overturning cars.
102 people were injured, an official told the New York Times, while six out of the seven people that had died were foreign nationals.
According to tourists, the freak storm only lasted a few minutes but “literally came out of nowhere.”

A freak hailstorm hit a popular tourist destination in Greece on Wednesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring over 100 others.

Gale force winds and hail hit Halkidiki, a summer holiday spot located in northern Greece near Thessaloniki, ripping out trees and overturning cars. Officials declared a state of emergency in the region on Thursday.

According to Accuweather, the storm produced winds with a gust of 78 kilometers per hour (48 miles per hour) at around 10.00 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Before the storm, temperatures in the region reached above 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Farenheit).

Kostas Pahinis, fire brigade commander for Central Macedonia, told The New York Times on Thursday that the intensity of the storm was unexpected and caused a small tornado to develop.

102 people were injured, he told the Times, while six out of the seven people that had died were foreign nationals.

“It literally came out of nowhere,” an English tourist told the BBC on Thursday. “The lights cut out on the beach that we were in — it was chaos.”

The storm marks the first major national crisis under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ conservative government that was sworn in earlier this week.

Scroll below for photos of the destruction caused by the storm.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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