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Video posted online shows beach-goers in Siberia huddling under umbrellas as hailstones pelt them. Weather has been unusually ...
extreme across much of Russia this summer. (July 14)
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SHOTLIST: VALIDATED UGC - AP CLIENTS ONLY Novosibirsk, Russia - 12 July 2014++VALIDATED USER-GENERATED CONTENT: This video has been authenticated by AP based on the following validation checks:++Video and audio content checked against known locations and events ++Video is consistent with independent AP reporting++Video cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Nikita Dudnik++Mandatory on-screen credit to Nikita Dudnik - link to VK account must be used online "vk.com/nik_dudnik"1. Wide people on the beach gathering their belongings2. Mid girls passing in swimming suits3. Wide people running out of the water as hailstorm starts4. Wide people hiding under an umbrella5. Wide hailstorm, people under a towel6. Mid hail hitting the ground to wide of beach7. Wide storm8. Wide woman coming out of the water9. Wide pan people under umbrellas on the beach STORYLINE Video posted online has shown beach-goers in Novosibirsk, Siberia, huddling desperately under umbrellas, as cherry-sized hailstones pelt them mercilessly. Weather has been unusually extreme across much of Russia this summer, with snow hitting parts of central Russia that rarely dip to freezing temperatures in summer. Nineteen-year-old business owner Nikita Dudnik (https://vk.com/nik_dudnik) who was on the beach when the storm hit, filmed the quick change in conditions which forced people to run out of the sea and off the beach to seek cover. "As soon as we got there, it started raining and hailing. I saw people panicking and I realized this was something extraordinary," Dudnik told the Associated Press on Monday. He added, "it continued hailing for about 15 minutes, and when we left the site we were still being pelted by the hail." "We tried calling the emergency services to put out a warning that it was not safe to come here, but all lines were busy," Dudnik told the AP in a phone interview. Russian authorities have opened an investigation into the deaths of two children during the severe hailstorm in Siberia. The Investigative Committee said in a statement published online on Monday that two young girls aged three and four died on Saturday in the lakeside town of Bredsk, not far from the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The two girls died after sustaining traumatic brain injuries when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families.