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Cyclone in Sakhalin, Kuriles disrupts power supply of 3 cities

A cyclone currently affecting Russia's Sakhalin Island and the Kuriles has disrupted electric power supply to the cities Kholmsk, Nevelsk, Tomari and settlements in the Uglegorsk, Kholmsk and Smirnykhov districts.

According to the press service of the Sakhalinenergo power utility company, due to overlapping of wires and adhesion of wet snow to them the automatic overload protection system went off over 40 times switching off 13 electric power transmission lines on Thursday morning, which caused electricity supply disruption to settlements. A total of 21 brigades of electricians and 23 machinery units have been engaged in repair efforts.

According to meteorologists, the cyclone is gradually moving away from Sakhalin to the Sea of Okhotsk, but there is still strong wind on the islands reaching 27 metres per second.

A storm in the Tatar Strait in the north of the Sea of Japan has been for the second day keeping the Vanino-Kholmsk ferry service closed.

Four large specialised diesel-electric ships working on the line are sheltering from the storm under the Khabarovsk territory coast.

The air service Sakhalin-Iturup Island of the Kuriles chain is also not working due to bad weather. Planes have not been flying on the line from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for the second day.

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