Thunderstorm leaves 19,000 people in Sverdlovsk Reg without electr.

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YEKATERINBURG, July 8 (Itar-Tass) — A severe thunderstorm has left more than 40 inhabited localities in the Sverdlovsk Region without electricity.

More than 30 electro-transmission lines and over 350 transformer sub-stations are cut off. For the present, 41 localities of about 19,000 people have no electricity. The storm most severely hit the Sverdlovsk Region’s south-western, eastern and south-eastern areas, the press service of the Ural inter-regional electric network operating company told Itar-Tass.

Repair is underway on the lines. More than 25 crews are mobilized for the work. Energy workers are on alert, as they do not rule out a new storm front may come.

Thunderstorms hit almost the entire Sverdlovsk Region overnight. The regional meteorological centre said it was connected with a cyclone and an atmospheric front. Meteorologists do not expect new such cyclones to come soon.

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