Violent storms hit Cyprus, cause damage but no injuries

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-04 23:15:22|Editor: yan
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NICOSIA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Violent thunderstorms battered Cyprus overnight on Tuesday, causing extensive damage but no injuries, local police reported.

A police communiqué said the storms caused extensive flooding in the capital Nicosia and in the southern port city of Limassol.

The basement of the Parliament of Cyprus, where most of the committee work is done, was also flooded, with several computers knocked out of operation and files damaged by the water.

The fire brigade was busy throughout the night pumping water from flooded premises and removing debris from the streets.

At least two twisters hit areas of Limassol close to the British military base of Akrotiri, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees, and blowing away roofs and solar panels.

The police said debris fell on several cars and houses, but there were no injuries.

The meteorological service issued a yellow warning for more storms during Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It said up to 35 millimeters of rain per hour could be expected, which is almost one quarter of the median rainfall for the whole of December.