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Rare tornado hits Istanbul

20 June 2014

A tornado made a rare appearance hitting eastern Istanbul on June 19, in the latest example of extraordinary weather conditions hitting the city, Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’ reports.

Heavy rain and hail affected the daily life of citizens in the evening hours, with officials warning that 50 kilograms of rain per square meter were expected.

A tornado over the Marmara Sea passed through the Pendik and Tuzla neighborhoods in eastern Istanbul and reached Kocaeli province. Images of the tornado were widely shared on Turkish social media.

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