The Storm in Moscow: why the alert did not work, and where it is better to hide in a storm

On the metropolitan region again is advancing bad weather. Weather forecasters warn of thunderous showers and a sharp increase in wind, its gusts can reach 24 meters per second. A similar forecast was made on May 29, when Moscow experienced the most devastating storm of the century. The third day is the elimination of the consequences. Ready capital to new natural disaster?

Despite the fact that the emergency services are working around the clock, it is still not possible to fully cope with the effects of the impact of the disaster. In many parts of the capital lie fallen trees, which swept the wind like grass. Immediately there are dangling power lines.

Only from one birch grove in the north of Moscow workers for a day have taken out about 50 fallen trees. Local residents in the park are walking unusually little. People are afraid that the surviving trees can collapse.

-Everything falls down here, breaks. And now it’s still scary to walk, because there are a lot of inclined trees. We are afraid that they can fall.

In total, thousands of trees have fallen in the capital and the region. Such Muscovites have already seen in 1998. Then on the night of June 21, the city was hit by a squally wind and a tropical rainstorm. As now billboards were flying, cranes were falling, tearing off roofs from high-rise buildings.

In 1998, 11 people died, about 200 were injured. This year, slightly more victims – 15 people. One man died while waiting for the bus at the bus stop.

The stops seem to be safe islands, but not every one can be used as a cover. The fact is that they have a so-called high windage. To survive the squally wind can be brick or reinforced concrete structures with a solid foundation. Otherwise, the bus stop will simply tear off.

Experts advise in such cases to stay away from trees. It is better to hide under low and strong bushes. And in no case can you stay in the open space, where the wind speed is several times higher.

“It’s better to be 10 times funny than being dead once. If you can not go, in no case should you rest against the wind. It’s better to sit down, gather as far as possible against the wind, “- says Oleg Gegelsky, a specialist in survival in extreme situations.

One of the most reliable places is a children’s playground. To the strength of the structures they are subjected to increased requirements.

In both cases, the squall occurred due to a sharp temperature jump. Cold air from the north collided with warm air. In 1998, the Russian Hydrometeorological Center failed to predict the impending hurricane. 19 years later, the increase in wind forecast, but not so much.

“There was no hurricane. There was a squall, gusts of wind. We warned that there would be a flurry and gusts of wind up to 22 meters a second. If we are talking about a fact about 28 meters per second – yes, we did not predict such a squall,” explains Anatoly Tsygankov, head of the department of emergency management at the Russian Hydrometeorological Center.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations also believes that the weather forecasters underestimated the scale of the threat. Today, the senators of the Federation Council will amend the laws on media and communications that will help specialists to notify as many people as possible about any emergency.

“This law will oblige mobile operators and media outlets to provide, in a timely manner, promptly, without delay, to inform our residents about possible threats, natural disasters, some kind of emergency,” said Alexei Maiorov, first deputy chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy of the Federation Council.

Muscovites are urged to be extremely cautious. According to forecasts, on the night of June 1, a strong wind is again possible with gusts up to 24 meters per second.

Original:  Буря в Москве: почему не сработало оповещение, и где лучше прятаться в шторм

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