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    High Winds Rake Turkey, Greece

    By By Jim Andrews, Accuweather.com senior meteorologist
    April 20, 2012, 6:33:53 AM EDT

    A severe spring storm has unleashed damaging winds in western Turkey and Greece.

    At least one person has died in western Turkey, and two others were injured in Istanbul, the AP said on Wednesday, citing TRT television.

    Trees were toppled and roofs torn off. Boats were capsized at Bodrum, according to NTV television.

    High winds and clouds of dust disrupted flights in the capital, Ankara, the AP said.

    Strong winds set in Tuesday night over southern Aegean Islands, Greece, along with the nearby mainland of Turkey, continuing on Wednesday.

    At Khania, in western Crete, midday gusts reached 107 km/h, or 67 mph, weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed.

    Meanwhile, the high winds spread eastward over mainland Turkey on Wednesday. The international airport of Istanbul clocked winds of 105 km/h (66 mph) as a wind squall swept through. Farther east, early afternoon visibility dipped to 1 km, or about 1,000 yards, at the dust-shrouded Ankara airport.

    The unusually powerful storm instigating the high winds was centered over the northern Aegean Sea Wednesday, having earlier crossed the mainland of Greece with widespread rain and strong winds.

    The storm was on a northeasterly path towards the western Black Sea, and was expected by AccuWeather.com meteorologists to weaken markedly by Thursday.

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