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Severe flash flood hits Ankara, described as disaster like never before, Turkey

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Heavy rainfall caused severe flash floods in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday, May 5, 2018. More than 160 vehicles were swept away and at least 4 people injured. "It was a disaster like never before," Ankara's Mayor said.

Fast-moving floodwaters swept away around 164 vehicles and numerous large trash cans in Ankara's Mamak district, after rain that was expected to last three hours had fallen intensely in just 9 minutes. Dozens of homes and businesses were severely damaged, officials said.

"Four people have been injured and three of them are being treated at a hospital. The health condition of the injured is not serious," Labor and Social Security Minister Julide Sarieroglu said. 

Ankara's Mayor Mustafa Tuna described the event as 'a natural disaster like never before happened.'

One of the videos showed a man desperately sitting on top of his car, while the flood washed away several vehicles in Mamak's Boğaziçi neighborhood. He was later rescued.

Featured image: Flash floods hit Turkey's capital Ankara on May 5, 2018. 

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  1. Thank you for comment Luther. However, during solar Max, the speed of the solar wind can reach far higher speed than that, but you are right that during low solar activity this is Unusual and I assure you that mainstream solar physicists cannot provide explanation to these observed facts. Our star is misunderstood. This is the greatest problem and biggest obstacle to scientific progress

  2. With all this captivating video of local flooding disasters, today’s real story may be missed. I watch this stuff very closely on a daily basis and have been doing so for years now. This is the VERY FIRST time I have ever witnessed such elevated solar wind speeds (in excess of 600 km/s) with NO drop in galactic cosmic ray (GCR) flux. At one point yesterday the solar wind speed was almost 700 km/s and the GCR monitor at the Oulu Cosmic Ray Station was over 6700. People who follow this stuff know there is an inverse relationship between the solar wind speed and GCR flux. That’s just the way things are. When one is up the other is down, which is a good thing because both a high solar wind (especially one with a dense proton count) and an elevated GCR flux are problematic for earth. Normally the GCR monitor would have show a drop of about two percent to around 6500 in the face of such a high and prolonged solar wind. It simply did not happen. This is at the very least extremely unusual. Even as I write this (the next day) solar wind speeds are at 673 km/s and GCRs are at 6695. The point is that normally there would be a huge decrease in GCRs. It did not happen and as far as I know this is a first. If this trend should continue as well as the huge coronal holes of this solar minimum that are the source of the high solar winds, things could get really exciting on planet earth.

    1. Its nice to read a well researched, scientific response to an extreme weather event rather than someone spewing out the usual Global Warming party line…,

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