Hailstorms batter northern Turkey’s Kastamonu for 12 hours

DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL
Published 05.06.2019 12:44
Updated 05.06.2019 13:04
Drivers trying to escape hail flocked to a gas station in Abana district of Kastamonu province, northern Turkey, June 4, 2019. (AA Photo)
Drivers trying to escape hail flocked to a gas station in Abana district of Kastamonu province, northern Turkey, June 4, 2019. (AA Photo)

Hailstorms effective in northern Turkish province of Kastamonu since Tuesday afternoon damaged cars, houses and crops while causing flash floods in various locations.

Hail first began in Araç and Ihsangazi districts around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by coastal districts of Abana, Bozkurt and Çatalzeytin, where egg-sized hail was effective for minutes and caused flooding in homes and businesses.

Walnut-sized hail was also reported in Türkeli district of neighboring Sinop province.

Azdavay and Seydiler districts were also hit by hail, causing significant damage to crops. A driver of a van also lost control of the vehicle due to panic and hit the barrier, causing three injuries.

The Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) announced that local scattered showers are expected to be effective throughout Kastamonu until June 21, urging locals to take precautions against hail particularly in the afternoon.

The province was hit by a severe hail in last September, damaging more than 20,000 vehicles and shattering windows of homes and businesses.

Heavy rainfall and hail were also effective in Zara and Gürün provinces of central Sivas province on Tuesday, causing disruptions in traffic increased by the Ramadan Bayram, also known as the Eid al-Fitr.

Villages of Şuhut district of central Afyonkarahisar province were also hit by hail, causing damage to opium, potato and grain crops.

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