Published on: September 19, 2023

Storms & Flooding

Storm Daniel

Mediterranean Large Scale Devastating Disaster 05 September, 2023

Storm Daniel first formed in the Mediterranean as a rare phenomenon called a Medicane, which as the name suggests, is a storm akin to a hurricane which occurs in the Mediterranean region. As with hurricanes, due to the high temperatures of the Mediterranean Sea with one of the warmest summer periods on record and many suffering from extensive wildfires and periods of drought, the circumstances were perfect for the formation of the Medicane.

Its effects were felt from the 5th of September through to the 13th, causing widespread damage from high winds, a surge in water levels and catastrophic precipitation levels.

The effects of the Medicane were felt across 10 countries, with Syria being the most drastically affected.

Map of Affected Area

The below image clearly shows the characteristic formation of the storm, over Italy, Sardinia, Sicily and some Greek Islands and parts of mainland Greece. In parts of Greece, the levels of rainfall were reported to be more than what is received in an entire year.

The records state that a new record daily rainfall level was set at over 750mm in central Greece.

Power Outages and Transport routes

Power Outages and Transport routes will have been severely affected across the region, with varying degrees of response. In some regions, a National and State wide “state of emergency” has been declared with severe levels of lives lost and communities devastated.


  • Government assistance considerations
  • Prevention of access – inability to access businesses due to the closure of roads
  • Property damage to local businesses
  • Public utilities – damage to providers of electricity, gas, sewage, and telecommunications
  • Closure of premises by public authority – closure or evacuation of Insured premises
  • Losses resulting from supply chain issues.

Early involvement of the appropriate experts can help with the need for any mitigation efforts.

MDD has considerable expertise in dealing with these types of claims and the complexities that may occur.  Experts like those of us at MDD will stress the need for proper audit protocols, controlling and sorting of costs and accounting for any potential saved expenses.

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