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Millions Without Power in Georgia After Winter Weather Downs Power Lines

Energy officials in Georgia say strong winds and heavy snow have downed power lines in the western part of the country, cutting power to millions of citizens.

Deputy Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri told the Associated Press Thursday fierce weather ruptured power lines leading from the Inguri hydroelectric station to eastern regions, leaving about three million people in the dark.

He said most of the capital, Tbilisi, was also without electricity today after a unit at a power station malfunctioned.

The small former Soviet country is already battling freezing winter temperatures with limited supplies of natural gas after two explosions Sunday hit a pipeline in Russia carrying supplies to Georgia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.