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Arctic cyclone brings heavy hurricane to Central Russia

May 02, 2012, 12:53 UTC+3
On Wednesday afternoon the cyclone is expected to move east to the north of Kazakhstan
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MOSCOW, May 2 (Itar-Tass) — An Arctic cyclone which came to Central Russia from the Kola peninsula has brought a hurricane which broke trees and swept away roofs from buildings on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning the wind force rose to more than 20 meters per second in Moscow and in the Moscow region, and also in the Vologda, Tver, Yaroslavl, Vladimir and Tula region, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorolgy said. In the Tambov region and in the northeast of the Voronezh region and in the northwest of the Volgograd region the wind force measured 25- 26 meters per second.

An abrupt weather change caused by the cyclone was followed by rains on most of territories in the northwest of central Russia, except the Novgorod, Leningrad and Pskov regions. In some areas the rain turned into snow, and residents of the Russian Arctic coast even "enjoyed" a winter blizzard. It was raining in the east of central Russia, in the Volga region, in the north of the Southern Federal District with particular heavy rains reported in Chuvashia, the Ulyanovsk and Samara regions, where the level of precipitation rose to 14-17 millimeters.

On Tuesday afternoon air temperatures rose to 13- 20 degrees Celsius in the warm sector of the cyclone in the central region and even to 25 degrees in the south, but by Tuesday night aid temperatures neared a freezing point or were a little higher in the north of central Russia. A spell of frost measuring one- two degrees below freezing point was registered in the Tver, Smolensk, Moscow, Kaluga and Yaroslavl regions and on most of the territory of the Northwest Federal District. A similar situation was in some areas in the north and southeast of the Volga region.

By Wednesday morning the cyclone epicenter had moved to the south of the Volga region; on Wednesday afternoon the cyclone is expected to move east to the north of Kazakhstan.


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