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Two dead from lightning strike as heavy storms cause destruction in western Greece

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Thunderstorms swept western Greece on Tuesday causing flooding, power outages and claiming the lives of two people struck by lightning. One was a 35 year old national of Bangladesh working in the area.

The storms battered the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea and western Peloponnese, causing mud slides in the streets of seaside village Agia Efthymia.

The heavy weather was expected to move eastward and fade by Wednesday morning.

The Athens national observatory’s Zeus system recorded more than 10,500 lightning bolts by 1000 GMT, more than half over the sea. Lightning struck a palm tree in Cephalonia, causing a fire in a residential area.

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