Terrible ice storms following an abnormal weather phenomenon have left 150,000 people without water and electricity in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok and have triggered a state of emergency.
Extraordinary weather toppled cables and trees with the Primorsky region government declaring a state of emergency.
“The situation with the power supply remains very difficult. The destruction is widespread,” said Deputy Head of Regional Administration Elena Parkhamenko.
She said it could take “a few days” to restore power.
Freezing rain began to hit the city of about 600,000 people overnight on Thursday after a hot air cyclone met with a cold air cyclone, Boris Kubay, said a local weather service official.
He said that in some places the resulting ice was 12 millimeters, which had not been observed in the region for 30 years.
Photos and videos posted by local authorities and on social media showed everything from apartment buildings to road signs to icy public transport.
Video footage from a security camera showed a man getting out of his car at the last second as he was clearing ice from its glass before a block collapsed on the side of a building.
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