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Powerful snow cyclone is moving towards the Kamchatka Peninsula
A powerful snow cyclone is moving towards the Kamchatka Peninsula. A storm warning was sounded in the region. The skippers of all the ships, which are now off the southern coasts of the peninsula, have been warned about the approaching storm, Itar-Tass was told at the Kamchatka Hydrometeorology Centre on Monday. The epicentre of the whirlwind is yet over the Sakhalin Island, meteorologists note, but the cyclone is moving over the Sea of Okhotsk at a velocity of forty kilometres per hour and is bound to increase its impact on Kamchatka. Growing wind velocity, reaching twenty metres per second, has so far been recorded only in the southernmost part of the peninsula. It is snowing practically on all the territory of the peninsula. The situation can be expected to grow even worse, specialists warn. The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport in the city of Yelizovo, which is the peninsula’s chief air terminal, is working normally. It is planned to dispatch all the flights according to schedule. It is still possible also to travel on all the motor roads of the region, but the Kamchatavtodor (Kamchatka Motor Roads) Agency has warned that the situation could be expected to deteriorate. All the emergency services were alerted to do away with the possible consequences of the natural calamity. The heads of all the municipal communities were warned about the approaching storm, officials of the Kamchatka Branch of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reports. In the opinion of meteorologists, Kamchatka may remain in the grips of the natural calamity for at least two days. The press service of Kamchtskenergo (Kamchatka Energy), which is responsible for the steady supply of electricity to the region’s cities and districts, reports that emergency repair teams were formed at all the enterprises of the peninsula. “All its repair and dispatch services will go on working round-the-clock until the storm warning is called off”, it notes. Special attention is being devoted to the situation around the Mutnovsky Geothermal Power Plant, located on the Mutnovsky volcano, where the snow layer is six metres deep. Buildings, located there, are being cleared of snow to reduce the pressure on their roofs. The Mutnovsky lines are so far coping with the designed transmission load and reserve equipment of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky thermal electric plant No.1 will be used, if need be, to make up for power shortages. The region’s energy system is so far working “without any interruptions”, “Kamchatskenergo” officials note. All the peninsula’s operative services are on the alert, officials of the Kamchatka Section of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reports.
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