Istanbul, northeastern Turkey hit with heavy winds, overturning cars, blocking roads

Turkish officials say at least six people have died and nearly half of the country’s 43 provinces are suffering from severe weather conditions. The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that stormy weather in Istanbul and…

Istanbul, northeastern Turkey hit with heavy winds, overturning cars, blocking roads

Turkish officials say at least six people have died and nearly half of the country’s 43 provinces are suffering from severe weather conditions.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that stormy weather in Istanbul and other parts of the country on Monday continued into the early hours of Tuesday, with the strong winds downing power lines and killing at least six people in Istanbul alone.

It reported that nearly 52 people were injured in Turkey and at least 17 others in western Greece, northwestern Italy and even in southern Russia.

Winds were blowing as much as 105 miles per hour in the areas hit hardest by the storm, including Istanbul, the Aegean coast and northern Anatolia.

Istanbul authorities posted on Twitter that at least eight were injured by the storm in the district of Ephesus. The injuries included broken limbs and head injuries, and one person was in critical condition.

Tuesday’s deadly events caused major disruption for many commuters in Turkey, including around the Olympic Stadium and the city’s biggest subway system.

Anadolu reported that a streetcar in the neighborhood of Bakirkoy in central Istanbul caught fire on Monday night and two people were killed. Firefighters later pronounced another passenger dead, and the remainder of the train was evacuated.

At the airport in Istanbul, airlines began canceling flights as flights were delayed for hours.

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