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Greece: Storm batters fire-hit island, evacuations ordered

Authorities on the Greek island of Evia say several areas ravaged by summer wildfires are being evacuated following the second severe storm in less than a week

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Authorities on the Greek island of Evia said several areas ravaged by summer wildfires 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, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Athens, 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.

A woman is reflected on rain water as she walks inside the modern Agora walkway at the main Olympic complex in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Greece's authorities are in full activation mode as the wet and stormy weather system named "Ballos" reached the country bringing thunder, lightning and showers, and causing fluctuations in the power supply. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A man holding an umbrella walks at the modern Agora walkway at the main Olympic complex as a rainstorm approaches Athens, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Greece's authorities are in full activation mode as the wet and stormy weather system named "Ballos" reached the country bringing thunder, lightning and showers, and causing fluctuations in the power supply. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)