Turkey: Extreme winds kill 6 and injure 52

Turkey: According to state-run broadcaster Anadolu, About six people died and 52 were injured after extreme wind storms swept through Turkey, 

Four deaths occurred in Turkey’s bustling capital Istanbul, which have a population of16 million people, and three of the injured are in serious condition. Trees were uprooted from the ground, many roofs were blown away, mosque minarets were toppled and an iconic clock tower was demolished.

According to the European Severe Weather Database, winds reached 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour) in one of the country’s most aggressive windstorms in living memory. Turkey frequently has southwesterly winds known as Lodos winds, but their speed on this occasion, along with the damage they have caused is unusual for the country.
More than 30 planes were diverted on Monday though most were rerouted back to Istanbul on Tuesday. “The strong wind in Istanbul continues to negatively impact our operations. All our teams are working hard for the safe and comfortable travel of our guests,” Turkish Airlines Senior Vice President of Media Relations Yahya Ustun said.
Ten cities have suspended school activity and Istanbul has banned motorcycles. Maritime activity along the Bosphorus Strait was also closed to two-way sea traffic.
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