Violent hail storm bombards Istanbul, leaves at least 10 injured


Hail damage on an Airbus A320 which landed through the severe hailstorm at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkey yesterday, July 27. It encountered hail at about 5,000 feet (~1500 m) altitude. Major damage to the nose and windshield. Report: Sieć Obserwatorów Burz

A severe storm hit Istanbul, Turkey’s most populated city, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, with heavy rain, strong winds and hail stones up to 9 cm (3.5 inches) wide. The storm caused widespread damage and injured at least 10 people. The city was hit by a similar storm on July 18, leaving most of it under water.

Thursday’s storm lasted only 20 minutes but it hit during the evening rush hour and was so violent that it managed to knock down trees, damage buildings and cars, disrupt both road and air traffic and cause new rounds of flash flooding throughout the city. Several airplanes landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk sustained major hail damage. 

Officials said that 7 000 emergency workers were called in to help after the storm uprooted 230 trees, destroyed 90 roofs and sparked fires across the city. Strong winds toppled a large crane that landed on oil barrels at a port, causing an explosion and a fire that injured at least one person.

Eurasia Tunnel, which connects Istanbul’s Asian and European sides under the Bosporus Strait, was closed as a precaution again.


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