On Wednesday, violent hailstorms and tornadoes took the lives of six tourists and injured 30 more in northern Greece, reports police. 

Several were also wounded when strong winds hit the region of Halkidiki, near the city of Thessaloniki, said authorities.   

TV footage highlighted overturned cars, torn roofs, fallen trees, and mudslides. 

The head of Civil Protection in northern Greece, Charalambos Steriadis said that “six tourists were killed and at least 30 people were injured during this cyclone.”

However, the violent storm only lasted for around 20 minutes, reports source. 

A couple from the Czech Republic has died after strong winds blew their caravan away while a Russian man along with his son has also died by a falling tree, said police.

Debris from buildings took the lives for a woman and her child from Romania. 

According to a report, a fisherman in his 60s went missing. 

“It was an unprecedented phenomenon,” very strong winds, violent hailstorms, and tornadoes, said Steriadis, adding that Halkidiki had announced a state of emergency.

Over 140 rescue personnel were deployed in the operation, said Emergency Chief Vassilis Varthakoyannis.

The Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chryssohoidos will also visit the incident spot today.  

The violent storm came after the temperature in Greece rises to 37degrees centigrade over the past 2-days.

Further details are awaited. 

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