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Woman blown off fourth floor balcony by gale-force winds


Gale-force winds have blown a woman off her balcony on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, according to Russian media reports.


The Interfax news agency reported Tuesday that the 65-year-old woman from the town of Shakhtyorsk went out for a smoke on the balcony and was blown off, landing on a snowdrift below.


An ambulance couldn’t reach the house so the woman had to be taken to a hospital in the bucket of a construction truck.


Local news website Uglegorskiye Novosti says she fell from the fourth floor, breaking an arm and three ribs, and leaving her with a concussion.


According to RT News, officials believe the snow may have saved the woman’s life.


Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East has been hit with a series of snowstorms since Monday with wind gusts in the area of the woman’s fall reaching about 93 mph.


Winds have swept off the roofs of many apartment houses, a local day care center and blacked out dozens of residential areas, Sputnik news reports.

With News Wire Services

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