Oz-some! Ukrainians shocked by huge twister in their region (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The village of Volosskoe near Dnepropetrovsk suffered the worst, Rossiya 24 channel reported. The funnel cloud grew to 100 meters in diameter.
The tornado was gone in some 15 minutes, leaving people in its
wake in shock. Locals said they had only seen such a weather
phenomenon “on television, in programs about America,”
Kharkov news agency reported.
Some 30 houses were badly damaged, and a roof was later found six
kilometers away from its building. One elderly woman was injured
by shattered glass, the agency said.
Not only stones, but torn out gas pipes and trees were swirling in midair, as the tornado lifted fish out of the Dnepr river and onto the roads where they were later gathered by the locals, Rossiya 24 reported.
“The fish were thrown [by the storm] right on the road, after [the tornado] was gone people started gathering the fish. Some have got two sacksful,” a local woman told the channel.
The area was hit by the same cyclone that had already brought heavy storms to several regions in southern Russia this week, including the ex-Olympic city of Sochi. The host of last year’s Winter Olympic Games was badly hit by flash flooding after days of torrential rain.