The medicane or tropical-like cyclone that affected the central Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey over the weekend will certainly go down in history as one of the most extensively covered ones.

The system brought extensive severe weather conditions to southern Greece and western Turkey, producing torrential rainfall and destructive flash floods. Intense winds and large waves also produced damage along parts of the western coast of Greece.

Medicane Zorba developed just off the coast of Libya late on Thursday and early on Friday, and raced eastward across Crete.

It quickly lost structure as it made landfall just west of Kalamata on the Peloponnese peninsula around midday and never fully recovered it.

The video shows the Medicane making landfall in Mani, Peloponnese with a major storm surge and major waves hitting the coast.

Medicane making landfall in Mani, Peloponnese!

#Medicane making landfall in Mani, Peloponnese! Report: George Kallidonis via partners @Cyclone of Rhodes

Posted by Severe Weather Europe on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Torrential rainfall with 24 hour cumulatives of over 200 mm was recorded across a number of locations in the Peloponnese peninsula and in Central Greece. Major flash flooding was reported at numerous locations on Saturday and Sunday. Several waterspout / tornadoes were also reported. A damaging tornado was reported in Askeli, Poros, eastern Peloponnese.

Damaging tornado / waterspout reported in ​​Askeli, Poros, eastern Peloponnese

Damaging tornado / waterspout reported in ​​Askeli, Poros, eastern Peloponnese today, Sep 29. Tornadoes are expected with #medicane #Zorba. Report: Yannis Dimitriadis / Forecast Weather Greece

Posted by Severe Weather Europe on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Medicane Zorba in Turkey

The medicane was forecast to reach Southwest Turkey on Sunday 30th however, changed direction and hit Northwest Turkey where major flash floods hit the Marmara region late in the day.

Here in Fethiye and along the SW coast, we escaped the worst of the storm but still experienced some adverse weather. Here are some photographs and video clips sent in by readers.

Kalkan on Saturday (video courtesy of David Robinson)

And so it begins (the storm)

Posted by David Robinson on Saturday, September 29, 2018

 

Sea recedes 20m at Akyaka, Muğla on Saturday

Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Photograph courtesy of Güneyege

Fethiye and Ovacık on Saturday – No storms but some interesting clouds

Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Photograph courtesy of Steve Parsley.
Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Photograph courtesy of Aisha Ali
Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Photograph courtesy of Aisha Ali

Fethiye on Monday morning

#Günaydın Fethiyee' Ailesi Güzel Bir Hafta Geçirmeniz Dileğiyle

Posted by Fethiyee' on Sunday, September 30, 2018

 

Lightning over Fethiye on Monday afternoon

Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Lightning shots from Güven’s Restaurant. Photograph courtesy of Billie Jo Calvert
Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Photograph courtesy of Steve Cook
Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Photograph courtesy of Steve Cook

Tornado in Sarıgerme yesterday afternoon (video courtesy of Dalyan Dreamer)

Tornado time in Sarigerme ?

Posted by Dalyan Dreamer on Monday, October 1, 2018

 

Calış yesterday evening – there is still thunder rumbling and dramatic skies but things are getting back to normal.

Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
The clouds were very low yesterday. Photograph courtesy of Carole Şahin from Güven’s Restaurant
Medicane aftermath in Greece and Turkey: severe winds, torrential rainfall, major flooding and tornadoes
Photograph courtesy of Carole Şahin from Güven’s Restaurant

 

Medicanes – Mediterranean tropical-like cyclones: what are they?

Tropical-like storms or cyclones in the Mediterranean, also known by their popular name medicanes are cyclones with subtropical and tropical characteristics, that form in the Mediterranean. They can produce severe winds and torrential rainfall. Similar to tropical cyclones, medicanes are warm core systems, they often closely resemble tropical cyclones in satellite images. Well developed medicanes have tropical characteristics, with clear circular eyes, surrounded by an eyewall and (axisymmetric) cloud pattern. Medicanes typically reach gale to storm force strength, however, the strongest have even reached hurricane strength and thus pose very significant severe wind threat. As they also result in torrential rainfall, they produce major floods in affected areas. Tropical-like storms or cyclones / medicanes are an annual occurrence, appearing on average 1-2 times each year.

Unlike tropical cyclones, medicanes can form with sea surface temperatures below 26 °C. They form throughout the year, but are by far most likely to form between September and January

Referring to the heatwaves due to climate change, Hasan Çukur, head of Dokuz Eylül University’s geography department, told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Sept. 29 that such storms which are usually seen near the Equator will now be seen in a wider region.

“The more the temperature rises across the world, higher will be the chances of these storms in Turkey,” Çukur added.

Source: Severe Weather Europe/Hürriyet Daily News

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