Greece is bracing to be hit by a rare Mediterranean cyclone. A “deep barometric low” is expected to start on Thursday afternoon in the west, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said in a statement yesterday. The cyclone, named Ianos, should come close to the Greek western coastal area by Friday morning, according to the European Storm Forecast Experiment (ESTOFEX).[contfnewc] [contfnewc] Maximum sustained winds were near 90 km/h on Thursday with higher gusts, the organisation said. Ianos will cause heavy rainfall that will reach up to 400 mm in some areas, which could result in flash floods, it added. There is a risk of tornadoes developing, according to ESTOFEX. “We are preparing to face a rare extreme weather phenomenon,” Hardalias said, adding that citizens living in regions likely to be affected by the weather front should limit their movements to only those that are strictly necessary. Ianos is predicted to first hit the islands of Zante, Kefalonia and Ithaca, a..