Golfball-size hailstones batter Istanbul, several injured

28 July, 2017, 18:55 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • 10 Hurt In Freak Istanbul Storm

At least ten people have been injured as heavy rain, hail and strong winds knocked down trees and a stone wall and flooded streets in the Turkish city. Rescue crews and residents worked together to remove the stones and looked for people trapped underneath the rubble.

Across the capital, at least 10 people were injured - two seriously - after the flash flooding tore down walls and lightning sparked fires. It is reported that the city was struck by hail the size of Golf balls.

The violent storm ravaged Istanbul and, while it only lasted 20 minutes, it managed to leave a path of destruction in its wake.

Hail the size of a Golf ball.

Officials said that 7,000 emergency workers were called in to help after the storm uprooted 230 trees and destroyed 90 roofs.

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The Daily Sabah reports an Atlas Jet plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Ataturk after the hail cracked its windshield.

At least three people have been injured during storms in Istanbul, Turkey.

Winds also toppled a large crane that landed on oil barrels at a port, causing an explosion and a fire, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

NTV television showed people leaving a bus that was stranded in a flooded underpass and walking to safety in waist-high waters. Hail stones the size of golf balls damaged some windows and vehicle windshields.

A heavy rain mixed with hail hit Istanbul on Thursday afternoon, causing havoc across the most populous city in Turkey.


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