Emergency services in central Greece were on alert Tuesday as storms headed for areas hit by massive flooding this month.
Municipal and military crews using excavators strengthened flood defenses along rivers near the central cities of Larissa and Trikala. Flooding from Storm Daniel killed 16 people in the region and caused widespread damage to property, farms and infrastructure.
As it headed east, the latest storm — named Ilias — triggered landslides early Tuesday and prompted authorities to close sections of highway between Athens and the western port of Patras.
EXTREME FLOOD DAMAGE CAUSES NEW ENGLANDS TO RE-ASSESS DAMS AND DIVES
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The bad weather is expected to worsen until Thursday, affecting central Greece, the island of Evia, east of Athens and islands of the central Aegean.
Storm Daniel swept across the eastern Mediterranean in early September. It flooded 280 square miles across Greece’s rural heartland and damaged neighboring Bulgaria and Turkey before reaching Libya, where two dams collapsed and killed thousands.
Scientists say climate change is making storms like Daniel more frequent and more dangerous. Flooding in Greece was exacerbated by wildfires, loss of vegetation and loose soils.