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Storm batters fire-hit Greek island, evacuations ordered

Storm batters fire-hit Greek island, evacuations ordered
Storms hit the island of Evia and the capital Athens

Authorities on the Greek island of Evia said several areas ravaged by summer skogbranner were being evacuated Thursday following the second severe storm in less than a week.

Several dozen people were moved out of their homes in the north of the island and were making arrangements to stay with friends or at hotel rooms booked by the regional authority.

Northern Evia, Om 130 kilometer (80 miles) northeast of Athen, suffered devastating fires over the summer, leaving the area more vulnerable to flash floods.

Storms battered the Greek capital and other parts of southern Greece, causing traffic disruption and some road closures.

The government issued push alerts in Greek and English to cellphones in affected areas, urging people to “avoid unnecessary movement and areas that have been or may be flooded”.

The weather is expected to improve Saturday.

AP