Greece storms – Six tourists killed in Halkidiki and ‘more than 100 injured’ as Brits flee ‘terrifying’ hail storms

FEROCIOUS storms ripped through a tourist region in Greece last night, killing six tourists including a toddler and an eight-year-old boy.

At least 100 others were reportedly injured after gale-force winds, rain and freak hail storms struck the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece.

An overturned vehicle is seen on a beach at Sozopoli village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece
Greece storms – An overturned vehicle is seen on a beach at Sozopoli village in Halkidiki
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Videos show terrifying lightening strikes during the Greece storm

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Firefighters inspect the damage in Nea Plagia[/caption]

Two men search in debris after the sudden storm in Greece
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A cyclist surveys the damage after the storm in Greece
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Six people were killed in Greece as storms battered the area[/caption]

A man looks at damaged umbrellas and lounge chairs following heavy storms at the beach of Nea Plagia, Greece, July 11
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Dramatic footage shows strong winds sweeping through a restaurant in the region, which is popular with tourists in the summer.

British holidaymakers were trapped in their hotels, buildings were damaged and cars were overturned in the carnage.

A 39-year-old man and a boy, aged two, who are believed to be from Russia, died after a tree fell on their vehicle, according to the Greek Reporter.

Two elderly Czech nationals were killed when strong winds swept away their travel trailer in Halkidiki, police said.

A woman and an eight-year-old boy, both from Romania, were killed after a roof collapsed on a restaurant in Nea Plagia.

Athansios Kaltsas, director of the Nea Moudania Medical Centre, said: “It is the first time in my 25-year career that I have lived through something like this. It was so abrupt, and so sudden.”


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Patients taken to the clinic ranged in age from eight months to more than 70-years-old.

Some suffered head injuries from trees and other falling objects.

Officials have declared a state of emergency in Halkidiki and Greece’s newly appointed citizens’ protection minister is due to visit this morning.

The fire service rescued 30 people from buildings due to the bad weather and at least 140 firefighters worked through the night.

Such severe weather is unusual in Greece, where summers are typically hot and dry.

Meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis described conditions as “extremely unusual” for this time of year.

‘ABSOLUTE CHAOS’ Brit mum tells how she fled powerful storms in Greece with her two kids

A BRIT mum has told how she was forced to flee the deadly Greece storms last night with her two young children.

Family travel blogger Emily revealed how everyone was caught off guard by the gale-force winds, saying she never seen “anything scarier”.

She was at a hotel beach party in Halkidiki when the storm hit, cutting off the lights and power.

“Our family got caught in severe and unexpected tropical storm in Halkidiki this evening that seemed to catch everyone off guard including our hotel,” Emily wrote on Twitter.

“The storm hit very suddenly, killing the lights, all power, blowing down trees and everything around us.

“There was wind, rain and sand lashing at us and it was absolute chaos with people (including children) screaming and running to find shelter.

“We hid in the back of the bar for 10 minutes until water started coming in and rising by our feet.

“With two young children with us we decided we had no choice but to make a run for it back to the hotel (5 minutes away) in the storm.

“We ran with other families through roads with fallen trees and debris, barely able to see in the rain with our little ones bravely clinging to us.”

Emily said they finally made it back to the hotel to find there was a blackout and lots more people and confusion.

“It has taken some time, but we are finally back in our room (which was temporarily flooded) and I just wanted to say that I’ve never been caught in anything scarier,” she added.

Greek photographer Constantine Emmanouilidi described the storms as the “scariest thing” he has ever witnessed.

“I have been chasing storms since many years but what I witnessed tonight is the scariest thing in my life,” he wrote on Facebook.

“We had a severe storm in Halkidiki Greece and the night turned into day from the lightning.

“I just cannot believe in my eyes and need some time to take in the experience.

“Me and my wife Emelie Selander were trapped literally into the cloud with thunders coming down all around us.

“I am talking for lightning appearing with no stop and no time gap in between.”


Forecasters say it will continue to rain in the area until about 9am on Thursday.

Earlier, in southern Greece, eight migrants, including two children, were injured when high winds blew a tree down onto a tent at a refugee camp in Inofyta, 60km from Athens.

The strong winds, combined with temperatures of 37C, also fanned three large wildfires in southern Greece.

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Sunbeds and umbrellas were left strewn across a nearby beach[/caption]

A car is seen under an outdoor shop’s lean-to roof after a storm at Nea Plagia village in Halkidiki region
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Two women rummage through the rubble of a destroyed beach bar in Nea Plagia, Northern Greece
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Damage outside a hotel in Porto Carras, Halkidiki[/caption]

Cars were overturned as the gale-force winds pummelled Greece last night
Cars were overturned as the gale-force winds pummelled Greece last night

Deadly storms have ripped through the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece
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Deadly storms have ripped through the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece[/caption]

Trees were uprooted and littered streets in the carnage last night
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Trees were uprooted and littered streets in the carnage last night[/caption]

Debris was scattered as a result of the gale-force winds and hailstorms
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A police officer cordons off motorcycles and the damaged caravan of two elderly Czech tourists who were killed when strong winds and water swept away the vehicles
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A picture taken on July 11, 2019 shows a car crushed by fallen trees
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Roof tiles were ripped off in fierce winds at the village of Nea Plagia, Greece
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People stand next to destroyed beach bars in Nea Plagia, Northern Greece
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The storm swept through the resort last night[/caption]

One of the doors at a hotel in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece July 11, 2019 after it was blown off by the storm
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Men stand on a damaged terrace following heavy storms at the village of Nea Plagia, Greece
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Shocking photos reveal the devastation on roads in the region
Shocking photos reveal the devastation on roads in the region
Two gas stations were reportedly destroyed by the raging winds
Two gas stations were reportedly destroyed by the raging winds

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