Istanbul battered by storm, flights partially resume

Turkey's biggest city Istanbul is currently being battered by one of the worst lightning storms in recent memory.

Istanbul battered by storm, flights partially resume

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's biggest city Istanbul is currently being battered by one of the worst lightning storms in recent memory, with warnings that strong winds could lead to a tornado.

The local meteorology department has warned of heavy downpours and floods that could last until late in the evening, as dark clouds moving in from the direction of the Marmara Sea covered the city at around 16:00 local time (14:00 GMT).

Flights at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Turkey's largest by passenger numbers, partially resumed on Thursday afternoon after being suspended for about an hour due to a storm, an official at the state airports authority said.

Turkey's western coast including the coastal hub of Izmir also suffered heavy rain, snarling traffic and damaging the basements of some buildings.

Earlier on Thursday, a 16-year-old boy drowned in the western city of Izmir after being dragged along the street by flood water, local media said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ağustos 2014, 17:40
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