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Freak Storm Causes Chaos in Cyprus

Island of Cyprus
May 11, 2007

Larnaca - Freak May weather in the Mediterranean holiday island of Cyprus slightly injured six school children on Friday and delayed flights at its main international airport, said officials.

Six flights were delayed by up to an hour at Larnaca international airport when the thunderstorms, hail and gale-force winds were at their peak. A tornado also hit the Larnaca coast, said witnesses.

Roads were flooded, vehicles damaged, trees and electricity pylons felled by the storms, police said. Power supplies to parts of Larnaca were also disrupted.

The usually sunny holiday island's adverse weather comes after a mini-heatwave in which temperatures reached 38C degrees, about 10 higher than the seasonal norm.
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