Waves up to buildings and 500 thousand people in darkness: Giant storm in Russia

Huge waves flood the coast and reach tourist buildings in the resort town of Sochi. These are some of the images from Russia, hit by an impressive storm, posted on X (formerly Twitter). The southern regions and the Crimean peninsula, which is part of Ukraine and annexed by the Kremlin in 2014, were particularly hard hit by bad weather. It caused severe power outages, local officials reported on Monday (November 27).

The Russian media did not hesitate to call it the “storm of the century” and “mega storm”. Winds move at up to 24 meters per second and create waves up to 8 meters high. According to emergency services, bad weather conditions began to take effect on Sunday, November 26. The greatest damage is seen in the Krasnodar region, home to the seaside resorts of Sochi and Anapa, where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held. According to local branches of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the storm uprooted hundreds of trees and many metal structures on the beaches, causing injuries. In Sochi, bad weather conditions disrupted railway traffic due to trees falling on the rails.

In Vityazevo, near Anapa, the storm caused the large cargo ship Blue Shark, flying the Belize flag, to run aground. The Caspian Pipeline Consortium announced that it would suspend oil loading by hosting its tankers in the town of Novorossiysk, where more than 200,000 people live, due to “extremely adverse weather conditions”. The Black Sea overflowed onto highways in Crimea. Russian television broadcast footage of waves crashing into cars trying to cross the water. On Telegram, Crimean Governor Sergei Aksionov declared November 27 as a non-working day due to bad weather conditions.

According to Aksionov’s advisor Oleg Krioutchkov, quoted by Russian news agencies, the storm caused power outages on the same peninsula, leaving about 500,000 people without electricity. Bad weather didn’t just affect people. In Sevastopol, the storm flooded the local aquarium, killing more than 500 marine animals, city governor Mikhail Razvozhayev reported. According to him, the weather forecast is not encouraging at the moment. Rain, snow and winds of up to 30 meters per second are expected in Crimea throughout November 27.

Source: Today IT