A tornado whizzed through Xanthi, a city in Thrace, northeast Greece, spreading panic and destruction in its path early on Tuesday.

The extreme weather phenomenon came in the wake of three earlier tornadoes that had swept through the plains of Xanthi. Destruction was noted at the municipalities of Avdiron and Topirou, whereas problems were also noted at Komotini, where crops were destroyed.

The bad bout of weather also caused problems to traffic with various points of the network cut off, chiefly in settlements of the Municipality of Arrianon, such as Dokos and Vragia.

Cars were swept away by the rush of flood water. Residents are now counting the damage to breeding units and crops. The Fire brigade and police are also on alert.