A maximum wind speed of 140mph in Cilvegozu, south-west of Istanbul, recorded overnight
6 dead, 52 injured after strong winds in Turkey
A wind speed of 140mph was recorded overnight in Cilvegozu, south-west of Istanbul, while another 59 injured people were treated for injuries.
The hospital association ASHAD said there were 6 dead and 52 injured in eight different hospitals in the areas of Tekirdag, Dalaman, Zeytinburnu, Yayladagi, Motahari and Bursa.
Weather services recorded 102kmph winds in Cilvegozu overnight.
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The Erdal Ersoy meteorological centre said: “It seems to be an unusual phenomenon of a huge peak of wind speeds.”
Forecasters said the strongest winds were likely to reach up to 110mph later in the night, with conditions making it possible to enter land via any available underground tunnel.
Travellers in Istanbul were warned not to use escalators and lift tunnels, and to go to their destinations by car. The city’s subway service was delayed at times.
Meteopoli, the European meteorological agency, said it has also issued red wind warnings from Tallinn, Estonia, to North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. Wind speeds of between 128mph and 150mph were expected across much of southern and eastern Europe, with the maximum gusts of 151mph recorded around Kos and Kavala in southern Greece.
Sections of mountain roads near the Baris Caves in Turkey were closed and many travellers were left stranded after heavy rains caused flash floods and landslides.
In Greece, the fire service said six people died and 32 were injured after torrential rains collapsed three hotels in the coastal resort of Chania on Crete.
Greek fire brigade officials said several people were unaccounted for, and rescuers were searching for those trapped in one hotel, after water levels rose by several metres in a matter of hours.
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