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    VLADIVISTOK, January 14 (RIA Novosti correspondent Veronika Perminova) - Sakhalin Island (Far Eastern region) has been fully cut off from outside world by a cyclone raging in its south. As a result of adverse weather conditions transport communication with the mainland was interrupted.

    The airport in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (the Sakhalin region's administrative center) has been closed, the airport's air traffic service reported on Wednesday. Some flights have been postponed until Thursday.

    The Kholmsk-Vanino ferry has also been closed. The weather has complicated driving conditions as well.

    Several areas in the region have lost power because of downed electrical lines.

    Hundred and sixty-five people and 82 pieces of machinery are engaged in eliminating the consequences of the cyclone, a spokesman for the Sakhalin region's rescue service said on Wednesday.

    On Wednesday night southern Sakhalin was hit by a powerful cyclone from the Sea of Japan. The normal monthly precipitation fell in one night. In some districts the gusts of wind reached 33m/s. Presently, the cyclone's center has passed Kunashir island and is heading north.

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