Greece prepared for a rare storm on Friday, with winds raging in hurricane class.

According to the Greek authorities, the wind speeds between the Ionian Islands and western Greece were close to 30 meters per second.

At least two charter flights en route to the island of Cephalonia in the Ionian Sea had to turn away and land in Athens due to the storm.

Dionysis Minetos, the mayor of Argostoli, the capital of the island of Cephalonia, said the groups that were opening you have now been pulled out by the storm and the residents would do well to stay inside.

Residents of the Ionian islands have lost electricity in many places, and the wind has taken away roofs and felled trees.

Rescue helicopters have been commanded to be prepared for the storm.

The storm is expected to continue its journey across the Peloponnese during the day.