These stunning images captured the moment a huge twister ripped through Crimea, causing devastation and power outages to the local area.
Andrei Sheliakin was travelling around the peninsula when the thunderstorm tore through Feodosia.
The photographs show the sheer height and width of the twister, as it moved dangerously close to the towns and villages in the nearby area.
The devastating twister tore through the Crimea on September 6, with thunder and lightning also battering the area
Andrei Sheliakin has released snaps of the horrifying moment that a twister ripped through the Crimea
The powerful tornado brought heavy rainfalls and strong winds to Feodosia, situated in the Crimea
Several lightning bolts reigned down on the area during the storm, which passed over Feodosia on September 6
Mr Sheliakin said: ‘I have seen twisters in my life but not that close up. I think I was shooting it from the distance of 800 meters or even less.
‘It was quite scary and unusual – it was absolutely quiet and all you could hear was the sound of rainfall.
‘Then the twister reached the big pier and I heard the sound of cracking trees, though there were no trees, only boats.
‘My wife was staying near me and pleaded me to stop shooting and run and hide in the cellar.
‘My hands were shaking, but I was shooting until the end of the twister.
‘All of the citizens who saw the twister or saw any of the shots were amazed and shocked – some can’t believe it happened in out quiet city.’
The twister can be seen passing away from the coat, where towns and villages were situated. There is a large amount of cloud which covers the sky
The nearby town in Feodosia reportedly suffered power outages during the incident
The twister can be seen moving dangerously close to the shore, where homes, businesses and people lay in wait
There were power outages in the Feodosia area due to the extreme weather conditions. Locals were shocked by the weather conditions which hit the area
The powerful tornado brought heavy rainfalls and strong winds, as well as causing power outages and trees being ripped out of their roots during the extreme weather conditions on September 6.
According to the hydrometeorological centre of Crimea, the formation of a tornado occurs more often on the coast and is associated with the contact of masses of cold and hot air.
The extreme weather conditions seemingly brought a dark cloud which covered the sky and put a cover of darkness over the area
The photographed who captured these stunning images estimates that he was less than 800 metres away from the twister
Speaking about the extreme weather conditions, Sheliakin said: ‘My hands were shaking, but I was shooting until the end of the twister’
The formation of a tornado occurs more often on the coast and is associated with the contact of masses of cold and hot air
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