A vast oceanic cyclone engulfed the southern part of Russia's Far East, bringing snow-storms and gale-force winds with it. Talking to RIA Novosti, well-informed sources noted that strong winds (23 meters per second) were blowing over Sakhalin island, and that the area was also being swept by snow-storms. 17-19 mm of snow are expected to fall there.
The authorities on Sakhalin island don't consider such precipitation to be a problem; that's why the situation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and other populated localities is being controlled accordingly, a duty officer said. The city's emergency services have been placed on red alert.
A powerful storm broke loose in the northern section of the Sea of Japan and in the Tartar strait, with north-eastern winds blowing at 30 meters per second on the high seas. Towering waves are also reported.
Most small fishing boats are hiding in coastal harbors, people from the fishing-fleet observation agency told RIA Novosti. Large fishing vessels are weathering the storm at sea. No distress signals have been received so far.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.