The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) has issued a stern warning of an impending storm expected to hit the city starting tonight, with rainfall predicted to begin at 22:00. The storm will likely escalate during the wee hours of the morning, leaving the city in its grip until 10:00 tomorrow. This announcement has stirred echoes of the impactful storm that hit the Sarıyer district's Rumelifeneri neighborhood just nine days ago, leaving residents on edge.
Preparing for the Storm
The AKOM data, based on meticulous analysis, suggests that Istanbul will confront a city-wide storm starting from tonight. The residents are being strongly advised to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from potential adverse effects of the storm. This looming storm comes on the heels of the cold and rainy weather that has been affecting Istanbul over the weekend. However, according to AKOM, this weather pattern is expected to subside today, only to be replaced by a new low-pressure system rolling in from the Central Mediterranean in the evening.
Istanbul and Beyond
Two days ago, a violent storm led to the closure of the Dardanelles Strait, a crucial connection between the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Turkey’s Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry made the decision to halt maritime traffic from both directions starting from 15:00, citing unfavorable weather conditions. These extreme weather conditions have been wreaking havoc throughout Turkey since November 18, with the Black Sea region bearing the brunt of the storm. This situation is not confined to Istanbul or Turkey; unusual weather patterns have been observed across the globe. Flooding in İzmir, Turkey, heavy snowfall in Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova, and the storm's impact on Crimea all paint a picture of a world grappling with unpredictable and severe weather conditions.
Heed the Warnings
As the AKOM continues to issue storm warnings, urging residents to guard against flash floods and heavy winds, the importance of heeding these warnings cannot be overstressed. The weather conditions, as forecasted, are expected to persist throughout the week, making it crucial for residents to stay informed and take necessary precautions. In the face of such unpredictability, the message is clear: Stay prepared, stay safe.