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3/06/2007

State of emergency in Primorsky Territory due to snow cyclone

Winter Storm News: Russia
March 05, 2007
A state of emergency was declared all over Russia’s Primorsky Territory (Far East) due to the violent cyclone, which brought heavy snowfalls and stormy winds. More than two monthly amounts of precipitation were recorded in the southern districts of the Territory and in Vladivostok during the past twenty-four hours. Weather forecasters believe the cyclone will last for at least 12-16 more hours. The current snowfall was the HEAVIEST EVER IN THE ENTIRE 130-YEAR HISTORY of the local weather forecasting service.

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SOUTH KOREA - Typhoon-like sudden frost hits nation - One hundred thirty plastic green houses in Jinju and Sacheon were damaged by the strong winds causing three billion won in damage. In particular, since the plastic covers of the green houses were torn off and flew away, there was huge damage caused to watermelons and strawberries, which were about to be harvested. Due to strong winds with heavy rain and snow across the nation for two days on March 4 and 5, damage was caused including the breakdown of ships and facilities and the suspension of airplane services. On Monday morning, a 480 ton class Russian ship called the Sulim, which was at anchor in a harbor in Namhang, Seo-gu, Busan, was swept away by waves and partly sunk. Coast guards and fire officials rescued three of the crew members. A 1.3 ton class gill netter called H, which was at anchor in Nasari Harbor in Seosaeng Ulju-gun, Ulsan, was overturn by strong winds at 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Moreover, a tugboat named IlsungT1 (134t) was stranded by strong winds and spilled roughly 50,000 liters of bunker oil. Roughly 360 ships were tied up together in 64 harbors in the Gangwon area due to the strong winds with high surf. Also, about 3,500 ships urgently took shelter. Listen Here

CANADA - Bitter cold and driving winds combined Monday to unleash a wave of commuter chaos across parts of the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, still cleaning up from last week's vicious storm. As ice tumbling from the CN Tower forced Toronto Police to close a stretch of the Gardiner Expressway, whiteout conditions on Highway 400 near Newmarket, Ontario triggered an afternoon chain-reaction pileup that sent scores of vehicles skidding and slamming into each other. Elsewhere across the region, at least a dozen other major rural roads were closed as drivers battled near-zero visibility. In Toronto's downtown core, motorists struggled to and from work in the face of an unfamiliar hazard: big chunks of ice crashing to the ground from the 533-metre CN Tower and landing on the Gardiner Expressway, one of the busiest thoroughfares in the country. Several city blocks were also blocked off, as ice dislodged by freak weather conditions slid down to the street from other buildings. Some parked cars had damage to their windshields and roofs, but no injuries were reported. “We've seen ice before but never to this degree, this has been pretty extreme.” "Today it [the wind] was coming from the northwest and was quite strong, and was blowing the ice right in the direction of the Gardiner Expressway.... This [weather pattern] is EXTREMELY RARE.” Police warned that more severe weather is on the way. “This is only the beginning. It's getting colder and windier and there's another storm headed in from the west.” That storm is expected to produce more snow tonight and Wednesday, accompanied by a severe cold snap. Photo Above: A section of Toronto's King Street between Bay and York was closed Monday as large pieces of ice were falling from nearby office towers. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)
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