09 February Tuesday

High Wind Hits Istanbul, Damages Many Buildings

Istanbul was hit with a heavy storm early Tuesday, with trees and roofs toppled.

A fierce storm hit Istanbul early on February 9, damaging many buildings with roofs blown away and trees lying toppled on the streets.

Istanbul City Lines Inc., the subsidiary sea transport company of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), also canceled some services because of strong winds.

Some ferry services in the city have been canceled due to strong winds. Istanbul Sea Bus Company (IDO) said it has canceled some services, including lines between Istanbul and Bursa provinces.

The storm began late Monday with light rain on Istanbul's European districts, including Sultangazi, Gaziosmanpaşa, Bakırköy, Bağcılar, Beyoğlu, Kağıthane, Bayrampaşa and Esenler, later increasing its effects to the Asian districts of the city.

The storm tore through residential neighborhoods in the Gaziosmanpaşa district, damaging buildings with roofs blown away.

The strong gusts, which lasted for a few hours, caused structural damage to several apartments in the district, but no one was injured in the incident.

A tree toppled outside the Florya Train Station due to the strong winds, but the service continued unaffected. The tree was removed by staff at the station.

In the district of Ataköy, a tree fell on a parked car, damaging the vehicle to quite an extent.

Meanwhile, a ship was dragged off the district of Zeytinburnu due to the storm that also affected the shores of the Marmara Sea. 

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