Storm rips through northwest Russia

Last Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 14:16

Saint Petersburg: Tens of thousands in northwest Russia were left without electricity when a storm ripped through the region after weeks of drought, with the bad weather set to hit Moscow.

The Emergencies Ministry in the Leningrad region around Russia`s second city of Saint Petersburg said almost 100,000 people in 1,500 towns and villages in northwest Russia were without power.

The storm, which was also felt in Saint Petersburg, saw high winds and driving rain and felled several trees. Train traffic was also affected.

Forecasters warned that the storm front was heading for the Moscow region, with thunder, torrential rain and even hail expected to fall.

Russia has been suffering its worst heatwave in years which has sparked massive wildfires and left Moscow covered in a blanket of smog for days.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 14:16

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