Storm near Erbil kills 6, injures 52

A devastating storm swept through the Turkish city of Erbil Tuesday evening, killing six people and injuring 52, as high winds toppled trees and power lines and flooded streets, officials said.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that power was cut in much of the city and a curfew was issued.

The powerful winds knocked down trees and electric wires, causing power outages. In Erbil’s Hay al-Hamar neighborhood, a three-story building collapsed after it was hit by heavy rain, said local media.

The National Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said in a statement that the provinces of Erbil, Suluk and Gorazde were affected by the storm.

TV footage showed people seeking shelter inside the main halls of buildings as the storm raged, and raging currents caused flooding in several yards.

The wind in the northern city of Manbij also reached 125 mph, according to U.S. Navy weather data. The storm’s minimum speed on the European coast was estimated at around 80 mph.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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