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Russian westernmost region anticipates Xavier storm onslaught

December 05, 2013, 21:39 UTC+3 KALININGRAD
The Xavier storm threatening the central parts of the Baltic Sea caused introduction of the advanced storm alert mode in the areas of the Baltic Fleet units’
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KALININGRAD, December 05, 21:32 /ITAR-TASS/. A heavy storm is expected to hit the Kaliningrad region overnight to Friday, the regional branch of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations /EMERCOM/ said on Thursday.

Russia’s westernmost region located in the southeast sector of the Baltic littoral area will face high southwest and western winds from 13 to 18 meters per second with gales of up to 23-28 meters per second on Friday night. By the morning the gusts of wind may reach 25 or even 30 meters per second.

Since Thursday morning the regional electricians’ teams have been staying on full alert ready to carry out repair work necessary to restore power supplies and to eliminate aftermaths of emergency situations.

The Xavier storm threatening the central parts of the Baltic Sea caused introduction of the advanced storm alert mode in the areas of the Baltic Fleet units’ stationing in the Kaliningrad region.

In the region’s capital, the city of Kaliningrad, all the educational establishments will cancel classes for children until Friday noon, the city administration told Itar-Tass. A decision on whether or not to hold the afternoon classes will be announced on Friday morning.

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