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Tornado and flash floods hit Istanbul

2 August 2014

A tornado accompanied by torrential rain has caused flash flooding in Istanbul early Saturday, forcing road closures and disrupting life across parts of the city. Heavy rain disrupted traffic and drenched pedestrians, ‘World Bulletin’ reports.

The tornado which struck the Golden Horn and Eminonu districts of Istanbul was triggered by the extreme hot weather that has affected the city for over a week.

Silivri, Avcilar, Beylikduzu, and the Eminonu districts were among the worst affected areas, where floods made some roads impassable and submerged shops, Anadolu Agency (AA) correspondents reported.

Turkey’s Meteorological office has issued a warning that heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the coming hours and on Sunday will extend across to the Asian half of the city.

Underpasses have been submerged by water and vehicles left stranded on the roads. Meanwhile fire brigades have been hauling vehicles out of the deluge, AA reporters said.

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