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Cyclone with gale winds and snowstorms approaches Kamchatka

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, Feb. 26 – Kamchatka’s southern shores have been affected by a cyclone with squall winds and snowstorms. The cyclone has come from the Sea of Okhotsk.

Response services and the local fleet have been warned about the unfavorable weather conditions, Itar-Tass was told on Friday at the Kamchatka Hydrometeorology Centre.

The weather worsening is so far observed in the peninsula’s extreme south. Gusts of winds with the force of up to 20 metres per second and snowfall have been registered there.

In several hours the cyclone will spread to the Yelizovo and Ust-Bolsheretsk districts of the Kamchatka Territory. The wind force is expected to increase to 17-22 metres per second, there will be snowstorms with poor visibility on motor roads.

The weather will begin to gradually improve in the south of the territory on February 27, but it will worsen in the central and northern parts of the peninsula, the hydrometeorology experts said.

The cyclone will hit the Ust-kamchatsk and Olyutorsky districts of the territory. The situation there will begin to improve in the afternoon on February 28, specialists believe.

Kamchatka is a 1,250-kilometre long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of 472,300 square km. It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west.

Immediately offshore along the Pacific coast of the peninsula runs the 10,500 metre deep Kuril-Kamchatka Trench.

The Kamchatka Peninsula, the Commander Islands, and Karaginsky Island constitute the Kamchatka Territory (Krai) of the Russian Federation. The majority of the 402,500 inhabitants are Russians, but there are also about 13,000 Koryaks.

More than half of the population lives in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (198,028 people) and nearby Yelizovo (41,533).

The Kamchatka peninsula contains the Volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kamchatka receives up to 2,700 millimetres (110 in) of precipitation per year. The summers are moderately cool, and the winters tend to be rather stormy with rare amounts of lightning. (PNA/Itar-Tass)

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