Updated: 12/10/2018 2:15:22 AM
A yellow weather warning is in effect Monday morning, while thunderstorms are expected to continue in the evening all around the island.
The forecast for Monday included rain showers, isolated thunderstorms, and possibly hail, while in the evening it will be partly cloudy with strong winds expected in some areas. Showers and hail are also expected overnight while sleet could form up in the mountains.
Updated: 12/8/2018 3:22:42 AM
Authorities in the north continued the search on Friday to locate an 18-year-old woman, believed to have been with three other persons, who were found dead on Thursday after their car was swept away by a torrent during flash floods in the Kyrenia area.
The woman is yet to be found. The bodies of the three other persons believed to have been in the same car, an 18-year-old woman and two men aged 21 and 23, were found on Thursday near Kyklos, in the Kyrenia area.
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018
Four people were killed in floods in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus yesterday, following heavy rainfall and hail.
Local media said the victims were four people between the ages of 18 and 23 and all were in a car that was swept away during heavy rain late on Wednesday.
The car was swept away by floodwater in an area south of the town of Girne. The popular tourist destination was among the hardest hit areas.
It was one of the heaviest rainfalls in recent memory and Turkish troops on the island joined search and rescue efforts.
Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman told reporters that they expected more rainfall and said they were taking measures.
Flash flooding from an isolated downpour is not uncommon on the island, but sustained floods are rare. "In minutes, it's gone from beautiful sunshine to freezing cold with rumbles of thunder in the distance," one Northern Cyprus resident told Reuters.
People were sewing sandbags to prevent water seeping through window seals and under doors, she said.
Many homes, businesses and hotels were flooded as several people were reported missing. Search and rescue operations continue across the country, according to the authorities.
Rivers burst their banks, causing damage in the Cypriot capital Nicosia and forcing the partial closure of a motorway linking the city to Girne.
Floods also damaged power lines from the country's only power plant on the Mediterranean coast near Girne, causing major blackouts.
The TRNC's Education Ministry has closed all schools for Thursday, with the weather service forecasting more rain.
Damage was reported to the road network from torrential rain in the south of the island on Wednesday.
Cyprus Flash Flood Facts
Affected Area: 125 km.
Alert Level: Orange