Six dead in Turkey; super typhoon approaches Mexico

Extreme winds swept across Turkey on Monday, killing six people and injuring 52, most of them in Istanbul. Winds reached up to 280 kilometers per hour (175 miles per hour) and the winds were…

Six dead in Turkey; super typhoon approaches Mexico

Extreme winds swept across Turkey on Monday, killing six people and injuring 52, most of them in Istanbul. Winds reached up to 280 kilometers per hour (175 miles per hour) and the winds were forecast to continue overnight. “People ran into the streets to escape the wind, some even into buildings. From what I’ve seen the worst is over, but I’m not sure we will get any sleep tonight,” one witness said.

The dead included four children who were crushed by a falling tree, and two people were killed in a separate storm.

Children drowned in a weeklong drought across southern Turkey in October 2016. Also, torrential rains brought on by Hurricane Hermine in September 2016 killed at least 13 people, uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees, and caused at least $8 billion in damages.

What came after the bad news from Turkey was less bad news: following Storm Chaba, Mexico’s Super Typhoon Mangkhut first crossed the Baja Peninsula on Monday morning, bringing hurricane-force winds and torrential rains to the resort area of Cabo San Lucas and flooding entire neighborhoods in San Miguel de Allende, which is famous for its well-preserved old colonial architecture. The typhoon is expected to head toward the Pacific coast, where it could become a tropical storm, before heading back across the Pacific and toward Canada. Mexico has taken measures to protect the country’s refinery facilities that have suffered limited damage. The National Hurricane Center said the massive storm is likely to cause “damaging winds” and “very heavy rainfall” in the Baja peninsula.

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