Eyewitnesses report seeing numerous whirlwinds over the Black Sea in Imeretinka District of Sochi City. The funnels emerged a few kilometers away from the shore.
Soon thereafter the people resting on the beach saw 12 small whirls that never reached the coastline.
According to weather forecasts, more whirls may be expected until August, 31. Also there are prospects of associated thunderstorms, hail, squally winds with gusts of 20-25 m/s and sudden rises of river levels. The risk of mudflow descent will grow.
All Sochi municipal services are working in an emergency mode. Russian Ministry for Emergencies (EMERCOM) requests the city’s residents and visitors to refrain from trips to the mountains.
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