Heavy hail, heavy rain, tornado and flash flooding in Istanbul, Turkey

Heavy rains accompanied by downpours hit Istanbul, a metropolis with a total population of almost 16 million on September 29, disrupting daily life and paralyzing traffic.

Severe weather conditions hit Istanbul’s Silivri, Buyukcekmece, Chatalca and Arnavutkoy districts, as well as parts of the Asian part of the city as of 12:30 pm local time.

A waterspout along with heavy rains caused flash floods in the market in Arnavutkoy.

The Turkish State Meteorological Service has warned residents of the danger of a tornado.

“Park your cars in safe places,” said Orhan Shen, a meteorologist, giving special warning to people living along the Bosphorus and the Asian side of the city.

CNN Türk meteorology editor Bunyamin Sürmeli warned of the likelihood of heavy rains in the coming day.

“After midnight, there may be hail again. In the morning today, especially on the Asian side, there may be heavy rains. ”

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