Hurricane knocks out powerlines in Russia

2012-02-08 09:57

Moscow - A hurricane in southern Russia has left 7 500 people without electricity and injured 74, Russia's emergencies situation ministry said on Wednesday as cold weather continued to grip Eastern Europe.

High winds on Tuesday broke powerlines in the Black Sea city of Novorossiysk and three small villages, leaving 7 500 people without power amid temperatures of -20°, the ministry's Krasnodar region branch said.

Seventy four people had to seek medical attention, the ministry said in a statement.

An abnormally cold wave sweeping across Central and Eastern Europe over the past week has already lead to dozens of deaths, particularly in the Ukraine, Poland, and Romania.

In Russia, temperatures ranged on Wednesday morning from -22° in Moscow to -33° in the Siberian region of Yakutia.

The death toll brought on by the cold stood at 64 people across the country, according to the health ministry.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-02-08 10:49

    Wow News24, so a storm with strong winds hits Russia and it's a hurricane? You clearly forget that a hurricane is a tropical system, usually with an eye. A storm system with winds of more than 120km/h does not itself constitute a hurricane.

      Glyn - 2012-02-08 11:08

      Malcolm - Don't you understand? Hurricane SOUNDS right! Good copy. Dramatic. Total rubbish, but that is ok for a journo. I am a ship's captain and I know what a hurricane is, there will never be a hurricane in Novorossiysk!

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